The man who persuaded N’Golo Kante to abandon Arsenal move and join Chelsea » Chelsea News

Antonio Conte has just won Serie A with Inter, ending the period of dominance of Juventus which he himself introduced. That makes it a good week to remember how good a manager he is.

We all know what he did at Chelsea – he got us 47 (!!!!) more points than the preceding “Mourinho season” and won us the title. A huge part of that turnaround was the arrival of N’Golo Kante, and in today’s Daily Telegraph Matt Law has a fun story about how the midfielder ended up at Stamford Bridge.

Apparently a move to Arsenal was all sorted “when Antonio Conte picked up the telephone.”

The Italian coach told him he could move to Chelsea to win a second title in a row – and he clearly was pretty convincing. Kante backed out of the Arsenal move, came to join Conte, and in less than a year they were celebrating a title together.

We’re still enjoying the benefits of that phone call today.


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