Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante has agreed a deal to sign with Saudi Arabian champions Al-Ittihad.
The 32-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of June.
Kante has struggled with injuries and made nine appearances for Chelsea during the 2022-23 season.
will join Karim Benzema at Al-Ittihad After his French compatriot left Real Madrid and agreed a three-year deal with him this month.
This move ends a very successful period in English football for Kante.
He helped Leicester City win the Premier League in the 2015-16 season before moving on to Stamford Bridge. At Chelsea Kante won the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup.
He was named the Football Writers Association Player of the Year and the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year for 2016-17.
He also played a key role in France winning the 2018 World Cup.
Kante signed a three-year, £86m contract with the club.
Kante joins Benzema and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia.
Several high-profile players have been linked with a move to one of the biggest teams in Saudi Arabia. But Tottenham striker Son Heung-min said on Tuesday he did not want to move to the country, and earlier this month Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami, turning down a more lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia.