Chelsea announce signing of Leicester's N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante has moved from Leicester City to Chelsea Credit: PA

Chelsea have announced the signing of N'Golo Kante from Leicester on a five-year deal.

The France international has passed a medical and put pen to paper on a five-year-contract, the Stamford Bridge club have confirmed.

The fee is reported to be around £32million for the 25-year-old.

Kante, signed for Leicester last summer from Caen for £5.6million, was a revelation during his maiden season in England as Claudio Ranieri's side became shock Premier League champions.

He was named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award - won by Foxes team-mate Riyad Mahrez - but his displays also brought him to the attention of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Foxes released a statement confirming they had offered Kante a long-term contract on "substantially improved" terms, but the French midfielder has opted to swap the champions of last season for a new beginning under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and spoke of his happiness at the move.

I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me.

The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.

My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success.

– N'Golo Kante