N’Golo Kante has welcomed the arrival of Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta at Chelsea following their deadline day moves to Stamford Bridge.
After weeks of speculation the Blues completed a deal worth £35million to sign Drinkwater from Leicester City at the end of the summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old won both the Championship and Premier League title during his five-year stay at Leicester and was joined in the English capital by Italian defender Zappacosta.
The former Torino star made his debut for the Blues in Saturday’s narrow 2-1 win at Leicester and Kante insists he was happy to see both players join him in west London.
‘It’s always special to come to a new club,’ Kante said after Chelsea’s victory over his former side this weekend.
‘They keep training with us now and they will learn how we play. It’s good to have some new players in the team.’
Kante scored only his second goal for Chelsea against Leicester but refused to celebrate in front of his former supporters.
‘It is always special to play against my old team,’ the France international said.
‘Everyone knows I spent an amazing year here but when I come I try to win. This was an important win for my team and I was happy to score.
‘Thibaut gave me the ball, I had time so I went on a run and shot. I think somebody touched it a little bit, but it was a good goal and an important one for the team. I’m happy to help the team win.
‘It’s always a pleasure to score but I kept it inside because I want to respect my old team.’
Kante was named the PFA Player of the Year for his efforts last season and has made an equally bright start to the current campaign.
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Chelsea boss Conte demands more of one thing from his team
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is a perfectionist – and it seems the manager will not rest until he thinks his team is perfect.
He claimed after their win over Leicester that while he was happy for the team and new forward Alvaro Morata, the fact that the club needed to score more goals was something that played heavily on his mind.
He noted that the player is improving and that he was pleased to see that – and Chelsea were in total control for the majority of the game.
Conte was speaking after the game, and the Express claim he said: “It is a good day for the team and a good day for Alvaro.
“It is always important for the striker to score.
“But for me it is very important to see that he is improving and he is more involved in our idea of football and for me that is the most important thing.
“Then if he scores, I am very happy and I am pleased for the player.
“We played very well, we were in total control and could have scored more goals.
“After the penalty it changed the situation. They tried to push but despite this we had chances to improve the score.
“It is a good result and a good performance.”
Chelsea will no doubt be there or there abouts when it comes to the title winners at the end of the season, and Conte has made it very clear he wants to see the club do far better this season than the last time they had a title to defend.
There was some concern over the lack of transfer activity this summer, but after a busy deadline day for the Blues – not to mention the fact that Chelsea will have plans for the winter transfer deadline, they look in a far better shape than many may have thought post Burnley.