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Kante a great buy for Chelsea - Conte

Antonio Conte has praised N'Golo Kante in the wake of his impressive Premier League debut for Chelsea.

The French midfielder played a full 90 minutes as the Blues defeated West Ham United 2-1 on Monday night and the former Leicester City star impressed his new manager with yet another busy performance in the centre of midfield.

"N'Golo is a great player, a great buy," said the Italian.

"He's important for the team, he has good technique and fantastic stamina. He's able to cover a lot of space and help his team-mates always.

"We are happy with his performance but I was happy with the performance of all my players."

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scored second-half goals either side of James Collins' equaliser to give the West Londoners full points in their 2016/17 season opener.

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