Chelsea's Kante claims PFA prize

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Kante’s rivals for the award were all attacking players including teammate Eden Hazard, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, but the defensive midfielder came out tops.

"To be chosen by the players to be Player of the Year means a lot to me," Kante said on Sunday after picking up the prize at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

The Frenchman looks set to claim back-to-back Premier League crowns as the Blues close in on the title, thanks in no small part to the contributions from the former Leicester City star.

"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."

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.

"We have to fight for six more games," Kante added.  "We're going to fight for both competitions. The cup is just one game, and the league six games, and we're going to give our best to win these two competitions."

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