Did Kante make the right decision to leave Leicester?
In response to N'Golo Kanté’s move to Chelsea, some of the comments from fans on the Leicester City fans are less than polite, to put it mildly.
The general consensus among Foxes’ fans seems to be that the Frenchmen’s decision to make the switch to West London is about money and nothing else – and it’s not hard to see why. Why else would Kanté leave the current Champions for a mid-table side and no European football at all next season?
The argument against the move
Leicester’s amazing feat at 5000/1 odds showed that team spirit and great tactics can overcome big name signings and wads of cash that the likes of Chelsea has at its disposal. To go against that spirit is surely a betrayal to his teammates and fans, is it not? To many, Kanté seems even more like a money-grabber since Jamie Vardy’s decision not to join Arsenal.
Kanté was the engine that propelled Leicester forward to glory last season, and a strong contender for Player of the Year. Kante's Euro 2016 form shows that he is the real deal. Comparisons with Roy Keane are no exaggeration.
As a result, many rightly say that the £32 million fee Chelsea paid Leicester for Kanté is less than what he is worth.
The fact that compatriot Paul Pogba is said to be worth £100 million highlights this. Is Kanté really less than a third as good as Pogba? No – it is clear that this transfer fee is not a true reflection of the player’s true quality.
The argument for the move
On the other hand, it is highly unlikely that Leicester City will repeat the feat, or come close to anything like it next season. Chelsea has a new world class manager in Antonio Conte.
The club also has awesome training facilities and the ability to attract big name players. Chelsea’s star will undoubtedly rise again. With all of this in mind, the move to Chelsea may be the best thing for Kanté’s career.
Yet if Kanté’s decision is all about money, is that really so terrible? According to one report, Chelsea offered the former Caen player three times what he earned at Leicester in order to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
Kasper Schmeichel said once that the 25-year-old midfielder didn’t even own a car before making the £5.6 million move to the Premier League club last summer. And no matter much you loved the people you worked with, wouldn’t you be tempted by a 300% increase in wages?
The truth is that Kanté is now made for life – so who can blame him? Leicester fans may see it as a betrayal. Yet the club has made a handsome 570% profit on the sale – a record fee for any player in their history. What’s more, the move to Chelsea is almost certainly the right move for Kanté and his career.
Will Kante guide Chelsea towards the Premier League title this season? They're currently best odds of 6/1 with Betfred to win the 2016/17 Premier League.
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