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CHELSEA STAR N'GOLO KANTE WINS PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR AFTER ENJOYING ANOTHER BRILLIANT SEASON


The hardworking midfielder, 26, has been central to Chelsea's surge to the Premier League table. The Frenchman, was bought from Leicester for £32million in July, and he is on course to win back-to-back titles.

Kante secured the most votes from his footballer mates, seeing off competition from team-mate Eden Hazard plus Tottenham's Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United, Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal.

N'Golo Kante was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening.

He said: 'To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me.

'It means the world to be chosen and it's been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it's a great honour.'

On his move from Leicester to Stamford Bridge, Kante continued: 'It's a different type of playing, but with the manager, with the players, everything is easy, because we work a lot to be good in the games. It's working very well.'

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When asked about the influence of boss Antonio Conte, the former Boulogne and Caen player said: 'He knows what he wants from the players.

'He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles.'

Chelsea are four points clear at the top of the Premier League and Paris-born Kante added: 'We have to fight for six more games.

'We're going to fight like a final for every game, and hopefully we can win the league at the end of the season.'