Chelsea football stars Reece James and Mason Mount have paid heartfelt tributes to their teammate N’Golo Kante following his transfer to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.
Despite being offered an extension at Chelsea, Kante decided to challenge himself in the Saudi Pro League, ending his seven-year tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Kante was instrumental during his time at Chelsea, making 269 appearances and contributing to 29 goals. His performance played a crucial role in leading Chelsea to victories in multiple tournaments, including the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup.
However, towards the end of his tenure, recurring fitness issues plagued the French international.
Kante’s departure is a significant loss, not only to the fans but also to his teammates. As a well-liked figure, his teammates took to social media to wish him well on his new journey.
Reece James posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, calling Kante the “nicest guy in football” and expressing how much he would be missed. Mason Mount echoed James’ sentiment, simply referring to Kante as a “legend.”
Kante himself wrote an open letter to his fans and teammates, detailing his journey from Leicester to Chelsea and expressing his gratitude for the experiences.
He recalled his transfer to Chelsea and his immediate connection with then-coach Antonio Conte. He concluded by saying that he never regretted his decision to join Chelsea and that it was the perfect choice for him.
Kante’s move to Al-Ittihad marks the end of an era at Chelsea, with his impact on the club and his teammates’ evident in the outpouring of farewell messages.
His time at Chelsea was characterized by consistent excellence, dedication, and team spirit. As he embarks on his new journey, the football world watches, eager to see how he will adapt and excel in the Saudi Pro League.