Chelsea’s midfield maestro N’Golo Kante admits that although he is thriving at Stamford Bridge,he is not the best player in the Premier League.

The diminutive France international was pivotal in Leicester City’s shock title triumph last season, with a £32million move to Chelsea last July a testimony of his performance.

Kante has had a fantastic season under Antonio Conte so far and is on course for retaining the title with Chelsea following a 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday moving them 13 points clear at the top of the table.

The 25-year-old is a top contender for PFA Player of the Year award – won by former team-mate Riyad Mahrez last term – but he believes a number of his Chelsea team members would be worthy winners.

“I’m flourishing,” he told Telefoot when asked how he viewed his form. “But I don’t feel like the best player in the Premier League.

“There are a lot of good players. A lot of guys would deserve it on my team.”

Conte claimed on Saturday that another seven wins from Chelsea’s 10 remaining matches will be required to guarantee a second title in three seasons.

Kante says they will not become distracted by looking too far ahead, however, with games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City in quick succession after the international break.

“We have to take the games one at a time,” he added. “That’s what everyone is thinking. We’re in a good position but we can’t let it go.”

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