English Premiership

Kante a welcome headache for Conte

2016-07-27 21:45
N'Golo Kante (Supplied)
Cape Town - The arrival of French midfielder N'Golo Kante during the close season has given new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte a welcome selection headache in midfield.

Kante, who joined from Leicester City, is Conte's second signing of the close season and has brought additional quality to a midfield, which includes the likes of Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar.

"N'Golo is an important player and for this reason we bought him. I can't wait to transfer my idea of football to him and find a different solution," the Italian told the club's website.

"The players in a great team like Chelsea must know there are many players that can play. It's important for me to have a good choice to try the best solution game by game."

Chelsea have no intention of selling Matic with Conte insisting the 27-year-old is very much part of his plans for the new season.

"Matic is an important player for me, a very important player. In my idea of football he is an important player and he knows this," Conte said.

"I am delighted with his attitude and behaviour and I see in him a great commitment."

With Juventus making Gonzalo Higuain the third most expensive player and Manchester United set to complete the £100m signing of Paul Pogba, according to media reports, Conte said he was frustrated by the "crazy" transfer market.

"This season we are seeing a crazy market. It's incredible... I don't know if this situation can continue," Conte told British media.

"It's very difficult for all the teams to try and buy the players. Now, we are starting to speak about £100 million, £120m, £95m, and these prices are incredible."

Conte will begin his tenure in England with a London derby against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15.

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