By India Today Sports Desk: Chelsea have bid farewell to N'Golo Kante after the French midfielder's move to Al-Ittihad was confirmed on Tuesday.
Kante had joined the Blues after winning the Premier League title with Leicester City in 2016 and went on to win the trophy once again in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old has played a decisive role in Chelsea winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup during his time in London.
Chelsea's Co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said in a statement on the club's website that the French midfielder's influence during the time at the club cannot be overstated and wished him well on his next chapter in Saudi Arabia.
"N’Golo’s impact and influence during his time at Chelsea cannot be overstated. His tireless performances in midfield contributed to several trophy wins and has guaranteed him a place in the club’s history. We wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter in his career," read the statement.
Al-Ittihad had made the announcement about Kante's arrival on Tuesday with a video message on Twitter. The midfielder was pictured in kit of the Saudi Arabian side, wearing the No.7 jersey.
"Don't believe in fake news. Kante is an Ittihad player now," the club posted in a video message on Twitter.
According to the British media, the 32-year-old midfielder has reportedly signed a contract worth around 86 million pounds ($109.78 million) a year.
Kante's last season with Chelsea was marred by injuries as he missed 38 matches in all competitions. Chelsea struggled without the presence of the French midfielder and finished 12th in the league.
Kante will now linkup with former France teammate Karim Benzema at the club, after the striker had joined them early on in the month.