Karim Benzema was full of praise for N’Golo Kante after the Chelsea midfielder joined his former international team-mate in Saudi Arabia.
Kante left Chelsea after seven years at the West London club to sign a four-year deal with champions Al Ittihad.
He’s the club’s second high profile signing of the summer, after an incredible move to sign Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first big name to move to the middle-east but Benzema, Kante, Ruben Neves and some other stars have now followed, with scores of others expected to join.
- Noni Madueke speaks out on leaving Chelsea for new club
- Mauricio Pochettino calls Gabri Veiga to hijack Liverpool transfer
Benzema and Kante are former France team-mates but they are now set to reunite in Jeddah next season.
The Ballon d’Or winner named Kante as the ‘best box-to-box player in the world’ after his decision to join him in Saudi Arabia.
‘One time I told you, you’re the best player, box to box, in the world,’ said Benzema.
‘Now I’m happy to play with you again, and of course, in the best team in Saudi.’
Kante won’t be the last Chelsea player to head to Saudi Arabia this summer. Hakim Ziyech is very close to completing a move, while Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy could also follow.