Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has stated that he is in awe of how Antonio Conte plays a selfless game for the team.
The Italian tactician says that Kante impresses him with his stamina and mental strength.
Kante joined the London giants this summer for a repored fee of £32 million from reigining champions Premier League.
Kante has found himself play every minute of Premier League football under Conte and the Blues boss is happy with the way the France international has settled in the squad.
“I think one Kante is enough,” Conte said at a press conference. “These types of players who put themselves before the team, I like them a lot. I want these types of players.
“You can see that N’Golo has fantastic stamina and can cover a lot of ground. It is very important when you play offensive football to have a player that can work very well to recover the ball and win the ball.
“He has a good metabolic system and is very good in this aspect. He is brave, he is a brave man and he has great quality.”
Meanwhile former boss Claudio Ranieri is gearing up to face Kante for the first time since he left the King Power Stadium as Chelsea welcome Leicester City to Stamford Bridge.
However, Conte is still unsure as to why Kante chose to give up playing Champions League football with Leicester City in order to sign for Chelsea.
“I don’t know why he chose Chelsea [despite not being in the Champions League], you will have to ask him,” he said.
“I hope it was because of my conversation! I bought N’Golo. I think he is an important player for the present and future of Chelsea. We made a great buy to take him from Leicester.
“He is a fantastic player. He can play with three in midfield and with two in midfield and at Leicester last season he played with Danny Drinkwater and against Hull City he played with Nemanja Matic. In other games, he played with Matic and Oscar or Matic and Cesc Fabregas, but I think he can play in both midfields.”
Kante has been fantastic this season for the Blues except for one mistake against Arsenal that allowed Mesut Ozil to score an easy goal, but Conte was quick to defend the 25-year-old.
“Sometimes N’Golo pays for his generosity and in this situation, he paid for this because he went and played to stop the opponent who then turned and went past him, but I prefer him making a mistake for the right reasons than another type of mistake.
“This was because he went to close down, not at the right time, but he went. I would prefer he went than stayed away from it. I think these two defeats are important and after these two defeats we changed something.”