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N’Golo Kante beat off competition from Eden Hazard and Dele Alli to win the 2017 Football of the Year award from the Football Writers’ Association, and FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay has heaped praises on the Chelsea midfielder.

“N’Golo Kante could not be a more deserving winner of English football’s most prestigious individual award.

“In the view of some FWA members, he would have been a worthy recipient last season for his contribution to Leicester’s title success, but the almost unbroken excellent form of Chelsea since he changed clubs has left little room for further debate.

“Considering the competition of Eden Hazard and other players from Chelsea in particular, this is a great achievement.”

Kante was part of the success story of Leicester City last season, and will most likely win the league for the second time in a row this season, as Chelsea only need two wins to secure the Premier League title.

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