Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.
The Frenchman, who is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season, secured the most votes from his fellow players.
He saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Kante was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening.
He said: ‘To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me.
‘It means the world to be chosen and it’s been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it’s a great honour.’
On his move from Leicester to Stamford Bridge, Kante continued: ‘It’s a different type of playing, but with the manager, with the players, everything is easy, because we work a lot to be good in the games. It’s working very well.’
The 26-year-old fended off competition from Eden Hazard and Harry Kane among others.
Asked about the influence of boss Antonio Conte, the former Boulogne and Caen player said: ‘He knows what he wants from the players.
‘He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles.’
The Blues are four points clear at the top of the Premier League and Paris-born Kante added: ‘We have to fight for six more games.
‘We’re going to fight like a final for every game, and hopefully we can win the league at the end of the season.’
source: Dailymail Sport
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