Player of the year Kante must keep improving at Chelsea - Conte

"I prefer to lose a game than to have a selfish player". He now succeeds his former teammate last season at Leicester City, Riyad Mahrez, for the honor.

Alli won young player of the year He becomes the fourth player to be named Young Player of the Year in successive years, after Ryan Giggs, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney.

"We are lucky as a nation to have young talented players coming through and he is without doubt one of the shining lights".

"It's important to understand that sometimes you have players with great talent to score goals - these players are important".

In his absence, Leicester have largely struggled to replicate their heroics of last season and are still not safe from relegation.

"He's a joy to watch".

'He's working very hard - I think he's improving a lot.

Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Dele Alli scooped the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Accepting the award at Grosvenor House, Kante said: "It's a huge honour to be chosen by the other players. He played a very good game". They work very well in training.

Asked about the influence of boss Antonio Conte, the former Boulogne and Caen player said: "He knows what he wants from the players".

Chelsea take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday needing a win to be sure of preserving their four-point lead over Tottenham at the top of the table, and Conte identified striker Manolo Gabbiadini as a particular threat. "If we see the quality of his games since the beginning of the season, N'Golo Kante brings the same qualities as Oriol for us because he's very consistent and in every game he gives good performances, with consistency and quality", he told reporters.

Of course, the Blues have yet to wrap up their league campaign and will also compete for the FA Cup in the final against Arsenal on May 27.

"Kante's energy is second to none and he has dominated many a midfield battle, making a total of 110 tackles", says the paper.

  • Julie Sanders