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Another European star joins Saudi football



N'Golo Kante, former Chelsea player

N’Golo Kante, former Chelsea player

French footballer N’Golo Kante will play with compatriot Karim Benzema for Saudi Arabian team Al Ittihada club insider told AFP on Wednesday.

The source said the 32-year-old midfielder has signed a ‘three-year’ deal as his contract with Chelsea expires.After seven seasons with the Blues, Kante He made just nine appearances in the 2022-2023 school year, seven in the Premier League and two in the Champions League.

The Frenchman has been out of action for six months, including the 2018 Qatar World Cup, due to a hamstring and groin injury, and has looked weak in recent months.

“The club has requested a full medical examination,” said the person Wednesday, who declined to give details on condition of anonymity, which is part of a series of deals the Gulf Monarchy has implemented to bolster the Saudi crown. rice field.

According to various media, the annual salary of the Premier League (2016 Leicester, 2017 Chelsea) and 2021 Champions League winners at the London club is It could reach €100 million ($106 million) a year.

This newly confirmed arrival in Saudi Arabia is in addition to those announced on Tuesday. Karim Benzema has signed a three-season contract with the same Saudi club for an undisclosed amount.

The first major signing from the Saudi league was Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al Nasr Club in January for over €400 million.

The Arabian Peninsula kingdom, which has been criticized for human rights abuses, is determined to use football to improve its international image and has plenty of “oil money” to satisfy its ambitions. Other authoritative partners may still arrive.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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