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OFFICIAL: Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante join Saudi Arabia champions Al Ittihad on three-year deal

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has joined Saudi Arabia champions Al Ittihad on a three-year deal.

The 32-year-old, who won the 2018 World Cup with France, joins up with compatriot Karim Benzema, who left Real Madrid and signed a three-year contract with the Saudi side earlier this week.

Reports suggest the former Leicester City midfielder has signed a contract worth around £86m-a-year.

Al Ittihad are managed by former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo and finished five points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr – who came second – last season.

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Kante leaves Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge.

France midfielder key part of Blues squad that won Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and Club World Cup during his spell at the club.

Kante joins Karim Benzema at Saudi Arabia champions Al Ittihad.

The Frenchman’s most recent season was plagued by injuries, however, as he missed 38 matches in all competitions with Chelsea struggling without him and finishing 12th in the league.

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In 2023 alone, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to the Middle Eastern nation on a free transfer, with Ballon D’Or winner Karim Benzema turning down another season at Real Madrid to join him in the country.

That is by no means the end of it with as many as five Chelsea players set to leave the Premier League side for the Saudi Pro League, with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Bernardo Silva and Heung-Min Son reportedly facing similar offers.

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