Rio Ferdinand: This player is Chelsea’s shining light

Rio Ferdinand lavishes praise on N'Golo Kante following his sparkling first season at Chelsea

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on N’Golo Kante for the influence he has had at Chelsea this season.

The French midfielder was ever-present in the west London side’s starting line-up this term after moving to Chelsea from Leicester City last summer.

Kante has earned plenty of praise for his performances in midfield this term as he helped Chelsea to win the Premier League title in his first campaign at the club.

The midfielder was also rewarded with the PFA player of the year award following his sparkling displays for the Blues this term.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has been hugely impressed by his contribution this season.

Speaking to BT Sport on Saturday, Ferdinand said: “The back three hasn’t been exposed very much this season [because of Kante] and that’s been a shining light for this team.”

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Kante was unable to prevent Chelsea from slipping to a disappointing 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday as the Blues missed their chance to win a domestic double this season.

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