N’Golo Kante set to become new owner of Belgian third-division side Virton

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N’Golo Kante, who recently joined Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, will maintain a connection to European club football as he has reached an agreement to purchase Royal Excelsior Virton, a Belgian third-division team. 

The club announced on Thursday that Kante, formerly of Chelsea and Leicester City, will assume ownership from Flavio Becca starting July 1.

The financial terms of the agreement were not revealed by Virton, which is located close to the border of Luxembourg.

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“Flavio is obviously extremely happy to be able to hand over the keys of the club to N’Golo Kante, a player of great class, not only for his footballing qualities but also and above all for his universally recognised human qualities,” it said in a statement.

“Flavio is handing over a club in good financial health, free of all debt. A new board of directors will be appointed in the next few days.”

Kante, who achieved success in the Premier League with both Leicester and Chelsea, as well as winning the Champions League and FA Cup with the latter, has decided to leave Europe. Additionally, he played a crucial role in France’s victorious 2018 World Cup campaign. 

According to Saudi media, Kante has signed a two-year contract with Al-Ittihad worth 100 million euros.

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