- N’Golo Kante made his Champions League bow for Chelsea on Tuesday night
- He said playing in Europe’s elite makes his move from Leicester make sense
- The midfielder hopes to rekindle his fruitful partnership with Danny Drinkwater
N’Golo Kante believes his decision to leave Leicester for Chelsea has been vindicated after finally making his Champions League debut.
Kante left the Foxes at the start of last season for a switch to Stamford Bridge, but the move raised a few eyebrows given Leicester had qualified for the Champions League following their monumental title win in 2016, while Chelsea were without European football.
But at the relatively old age of 26, the France international finally made his European club bow on Tuesday night in Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag.
N’Golo Kante believes playing in the Champions League validates his decision to leave Foxes
‘It was special to play my first game [in the Champions League]. It was something that I used to watch when I was young and to play now with Chelsea here at Stamford Bridge is special,’ said Kante.
‘I remember when I was asked a year ago [about leaving Leicester to miss the Champions League]. I was sure to join this good club. We did well last season and now we have to play in the Champions League, we will fight to do well in all the competitions.’
Meanwhile, Kante believes he can rekindle his title winning partnership with Danny Drinkwater following the midfielder’s £35million deadline-day arrival from Leicester.
The midfielder made his Champions League bow with Chelsea against Qarabag on Tuesday
The pair formed an excellent understanding in central midfield as the Foxes defied the odds to win the title under Claudio Ranieri.
And Kante added: ‘I am pleased for him to come into Chelsea. We need everyone, especially after our time together in Leicester. I hope it could be something like Leicester or even more, I hope. We did a special year together in
Leicester to win the league. It wasn’t expected and I really enjoyed the season that I spent with him and I am happy that he chose to join Chelsea and I am happy to play with him again.’
Kante hopes he can rekindle the partnership he had with new Chelsea man Danny Drinkwater