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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been voted the PFA Player of the Year for the 2016/17 season.

The tireless midfielder who joined Chelsea in the summer from champions Leicester City saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Kante was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening.

“To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me,” Kante said.

“’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.”

Kante has been so impressive for Chelsea this season that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte joked about struggling to find a fault in Kante’s game after Chelsea’s win over West Ham last month.

“He made five mistakes. He has to improve in this. He has to improve,” Conte said.

“I am joking. But I have to find one situation to tell him to improve. He’s playing really well.

“He has great stamina, great quality and we are working to improve that quality. I’m pleased for him.”

Congrats N’Golo Kante.

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