Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

N’Golo Kante’s transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad following the expiry of his Chelsea contract, has brought an end to a seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman posted a lengthy letter on his Instagram account, thanking his fans, players, managers, and staff for their support and memories.

The midfielder also made a cryptic reference to “rumors and lies” that he and his family had to face in the past, without elaborating on what they were. Kante said that he and his family were able to stay united and overcome them. The player thanked the club and everyone dear to him and said that he is looking forward to ‘new adventures on the pitch with Al Ittihad and the French National Team.

Co-directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley also praised the player saying, “N’Golo’s impact and influence during his time at Chelsea cannot be overstated. His tireless performances in midfield contributed to several trophy wins and have guaranteed him a place in the club’s history. We wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter in his career.”

The World Cup winner was widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, known for his tireless work rate, defensive skills, and humble personality. Kante made 269 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 13 goals and providing 16 assists winning everything possible for the London-based side. 

However, his last season at Chelsea was marred by injuries and poor form, as he struggled with consistency and missed several games. Kante will now join Karim Benzema at Saudi Pro League holders Al Ittihad and will compete with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr for the title in the 2023-24 season.