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“I’m sure” – N’Golo Kante’s parting message offers Chelsea hope under Mauricio Pochettino



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N’Golo Kante has already delivered his verdict on Chelsea’s future under the Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital ownership.

Unfortunately for Kante and Chelsea, the France international won’t be part of the new era at Stamford Bridge as he closes in on a transfer to Saudi side Al-Ittihad after accepting a two-year contract, which will see him earn €100 million-per-season.

The 32-year-old will leave after seven years at the club, winning the Europa League, Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time at Chelsea following his 2016 transfer from Leicester City.

Chelsea made attempts to renew Kante’s contract, and were close, but another injury setback caused the club to stall, which added uncertainty to his future at the club.

Al-Ittihad made a swift move for Kante and on Tuesday proposed a lucrative offer to the midfielder, which he has accepted, and Kante will make the switch to Saudi to join Real Madrid who completed his move from Real Madrid earlier this week.

Chelsea’s new head coach Mauricio Pochettino won’t get to work with Kante once he officially arrives on July 1, but Kante believes the club’s ‘exciting project’ will hopefully bring them to fighting for the major trophies again, and this time it will have to be done without the midfield engine.

In March, he told Chelsea’s in-house media: “It’s an exciting project for the club. Unfortunately, the season has not been a standout for Chelsea.

“I’m sure everyone wants to go this way, the way of success, the way of winning titles. I hope this club will fight again in this direction.

“Let’s see where I will be, but I hope that this is a change for the club, that is most important.”