Kante named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has won the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award.

Kante, who was named the PFA Player of the Year last month, beat off competition from Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Dele Alli to win the award.

“It is a fantastic honour to win this award,” Kante said. “With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association to name me their Footballer of the Year is a very proud moment in my career.”

FWA chairman Patrick Barclay added: “N’Golo Kante could not be a more deserving winner of English football’s most prestigious individual award.

“In the view of some FWA members, he would have been a worthy recipient last season for his contribution to Leicester’s title success, but the almost unbroken excellent form of Chelsea since he changed clubs has left little room for further debate.

“Considering the competition of Eden Hazard and other players from Chelsea in particular, this is a great achievement.”

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