Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has heaped praise on the club’s new signing N'Golo Kante.

The Frenchman, who was snapped up by Chelsea from Leicester City for a reported £32m fee on a five-year-deal in the summer, has thus far played every minute of the Blues’ Premier League campaign this season.

Kante joined Leicester City from Caen at the start of the 2015/16 campaign and played an instrumental role in helping the Foxes to the Premier League crown last season.

And Schwarzer has hailed Chelsea’s decision to sign Kante, who he thinks is already showing his worth to the Blues.

The Australian has seen Kante at close quarters during his spell at Leicester City last season, with the 43-year-old insisting that the midfield enforcer can also contribute to team’s attacks.


“I said the minute Chelsea signed him that he was going to be the signing of the season”, he told Chelsea TV.

“He is a bargain at £32m, he is a phenomenal player.

“Almost from the first month or so after he arrived at Leicester, we were talking about what an incredible player he is and how much of an influence he is going to have at Leicester that season.

“He was instrumental in Leicester winning the league last season.

“I think with Chelsea not really buying too many players, they only brought a handful of players into the club, they have maintained that stability, they have maintained the core of the team and added someone like Kante to their line-up."

And the former Blues star feels that it is already clear to see just what Kante has added to the Chelsea team this season.

“You have already seen what he brings to the team and how much he stabilises the team, how much he covers. He’s not just a player who runs around and wins the balls, he is a player that can create things as well.

“He’s very understated, he’s a really down to earth guy, he’s quite shy; and I have already seen snippets showing that Chelsea fans are already taking to him and understanding what he contributes to the team.”

Kante, whose present contract with Chelsea runs until the summer of 2021, also has eight caps and a goal for France to his name.