Award 'means a lot' to Kante as Chelsea star tops class
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante was last night voted the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year.
The Frenchman, who is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season, saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard, Harry Kane of Tottenham, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive season.
Kante said: "To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me.
"It means the world to be chosen and it's been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it's a great honour."
On his move from Leicester to Stamford Bridge, Kante continued: "It's a different type of playing, but with the manager, with the players, everything is easy, because we work a lot to be good in the games. It's working very well."
Asked about the influence of boss Antonio Conte, the former Boulogne and Caen player said: "He knows what he wants from the players.
"He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles."
The Blues are four points clear at the top of the Premier League and Paris-born Kante added: "We have to fight for six more games.
"We're going to fight like a final for every game, and hopefully we can win the league at the end of the season."