Chelsea boss Conte excited by Bakayoko potential: He'll get the Kante treatment

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Conte has called on the French midfielder to follow the lead of compatriot Kante - a player he believes has improved the technical aspects of his game since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Leicester City previous year.

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So far, the former Monaco midfielder has started just twice since his £40 million move, but Conte has urged him not to be discouraged and take heart from Kante's progress.

And the Chelsea boss said: "Baka is a good player and a good signing for us". "He's a 23-year-old —don't forget this". To have a powerful player in your team is very important, above all in this league. But he can improve a lot with the ball. We are working on this aspect.

"We did the same with N'Golo when he arrived". I think he's working very hard to improve this weakness. "Above all if you are a midfielder, you need time to understand the right position".

Bakayoko and Kante showed early signs of a promising partnership during the win over Leicester, the two responsible for half of the interceptions (10) that Chelsea managed.

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Kante won both the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year awards last season, becoming the most defensively-minded footballer to win the award since John Terry in 2005. We try to play with an identity and if you want to give an identity to your team, every single player needs to know your idea of football very well.

"But I think now he's a complete player - he's a top player with the ball, without the ball. And we want to do the same with Baka".

"Baka without the ball is a really strong player, a physical player". You know he is a special character, but we all love him.

'I said many times about N'Golo last season that he could improve a lot with the ball. We are working on this aspect.

Conte, still haunted by league and FA Cup Final losses to Arsenal last season, has worked hard on turning the unassuming Kante into a multi-talented performer who makes Chelsea tick.