Antonio Conte: N'Golo Kante is not like John Terry - he is Chelsea's silent leader

simon johnson

Antonio Conte has described N'Golo Kante as the ‘silent leader’ of the Chelsea dressing room, but feels winning the PFA Player of the Year Award will help him find his voice at the club.

Kante has been arguably the signing of the season in the Premier League having joined Chelsea from Leicester for just £32million last summer.

The midfielder's performances have played a major part in Chelsea’s bid to win the Double and his fellow pros have voted him the best player in the division.

Conte admits the France international prefers to let his actions do the talking for him, but hasn’t ruled out the prospect of Kante becoming captain one day.

The Chelsea head coach explained: "He's a silent leader, but he's young.

"He can improve in this aspect but, for sure, when you arrive in a great team like Chelsea and, for you, it's the first season, it's very difficult to try and speak and lead.

"I think he's a leader on the pitch by example.

"With a good example. He's not the type of player who likes to speak (out). He's not John (Terry) in terms of his personality. He's different."

When pressed if that meant he could never be skipper at the club, Conte added: "But I think that, with years, he can improve on this aspect.

"And also I think these two seasons (including winning the league with Leicester in 2015-16), his award, that will bring a lot of confidence in himself.

"I think in these next years he can improve a lot in these aspects and also become a leader."