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London is Blue! Kante and Conte Bag Top Honors at London Football Awards

N'Golo Kante bagged the Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards despite playing for Chelsea for less than a season. The former Leicester star has become a fan favourite at the Stamford Bridge after impressive performances for the Blues. Kante, one of the early contenders for PFA player of the year saw off competition from Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez and fellow Chelsea forward  Diego Costa. However, he was not the only one from Chelsea to win laurels. Antonio Conte, who has reinvented the lacklustre Chelsea side of last season to league leaders was chosen as the Manager of the year ahead of Mauricio Pochettino, Fulham's Slavisa Jokanovic, Millwall boss Neil Harris, and Neal Ardley of AFC Wimbledon.

Dele Ali, one of the hottest prospects in the world football at the moment, won the Premier League Young Player of the Year for his consistent performances in the last two seasons. He faced stiff competition from the Gunners’ duo Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi. Hugo Lloris, the Spurs captain was chosen as the Goalkeeper of the Year amidst strong competition from Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois and West Ham's Darren Randolph. Tom Cairney, 26-year-old Fulham midfielder was named EFL Player of the Year.

The night was a special occasion for former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who was given a special award recognising his outstanding contribution to football. Lampard, who is Chelsea's all-time leading scorer succeeded his former teammate Terry, who won the award in 2016.

With London clubs occupying top three of the four spots in Premier League table, and Chelsea with a comfortable lead, the ceremony at Battersea Evolution could set the tone for PFA awards.


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