Ranieri disappointed but understands Kante departure

France's N'Golo Kante in action with Albania's Ledian Memushaj

N'Golo Kante has chosen to leave Leicester City for Antonio Conte's Chelsea.

France's N'Golo Kante in action with Albania's Ledian MemushajN'Golo Kante has joined Chelsea from Leicester

Speaking in an interview featured in today's print edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport and as quoted by Football Italia, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has expressed his disappointment at the departure of key midfielder N'Golo Kante to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

However the Italian conceded that he understood the Frenchman's decision to leave the King Power stadium.

Kante completed his move to Stamford Bridge earlier this week for a reported £30 million as per the BBCsigning a five year deal with the club. 

The Frenchman was one of Leicester's most important players last season, with his incredible stamina and vital defensive interceptions and ball recoveries proving to be the bedrock of the Foxes' unprecedented success.

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus Cheek in action with Leicester's N'Golo KanteChelsea's Ruben Loftus Cheek in action with Leicester's N'Golo Kante

And despite qualifying for the Champions League for the upcoming season, Kante elected to join Antonio Conte's revolution at Chelsea, who unlike his former club, will not be playing in Europe this season.

For Claudio Ranieri, Kante's decision to go against his advice was disappointing, but he admits it would have been difficult for him to turn the Blues down.

Leicester City manager Claudio RanieriDisappointed: Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

"For the departure of N'Golo Kante, the loss of one important player is reasonable," he said. "I was hoping that everyone would stick with us and listen to my advice, which was to live together the adventure of the Champions League, then everyone could go their own way the next summer.

“But I understand that a club like Chelsea can't leave you indifferent."

Albania's Burim Kukeli and Mergim Mavraj in action with France's N'Golo KanteKante in action during Euro 2016

Kante has had a very busy summer already, playing an important role for his country during Euro 2016.

France reached the final of the tournament they hosted, however they were undone by Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, with former Swansea City man Eder grabbing the winner and the headlines.

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