N'Golo Kante wins Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award

N'Golo Kante wins Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante was named the PFA Player of the Year at an awards dinner in London on Sunday.

The diminutive French midfielder beat off competition from team-mate Eden Hazard, Tottenham's Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku of Everton, Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez to scoop the coveted prize.

If Chelsea go on to win the league, Kante will the first player in the Premier League to win the title with different clubs in successive seasons.

Also, former England women's captain Kelly Smith - who became England's first female professional footballer when she joined American side New Jersey in 1999 - landed the PFA Special Achievement award.

"I think we must be pleased for him", said Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte of N'Golo Kante claiming the honor.

Man City's Lucy Bronze "leads the contenders" for the Women's PFA Player of the Year award, says Sky Sports. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.theeagleonline.com.ng as the source.

It means the world to be chosen by the players to be Player of the Year.

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"We have to fight for six more games", Kante added.

Kante has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League for the last two seasons and is becoming one of the best midfielders in European football.

Leicester urged him to choose the latter and he played at Euro 2016 before moving to Chelsea three days after Conte was unveiled using one word more than any other: work.

Kante was the revelation of the league previous year in Leicester's midfield, but his impact hasn't diminished one bit in a new shirt. "He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him", he noted. Dele Alli took home the Young Player of the Year award for a second year running.

And while Puel admits the Blues are the best team in the league as a result of their high level of consistency, he also insisted he is only interested on Southampton's place in the table, and not Chelsea's.

1 - league goal scored, past Manchester United, who he also netted against in the FA Cup. "He played a really good game and he's very important for us".

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