Michael Emanalo even claimed the Blues players “hugged” the tireless midfielder after his first session as they knew they had a star on their hands.
Kante was a key member of the Foxes side that won the Premier League before he signed for the Stamford Bridge club in the summer for £30million.
He immediately hit the ground running, adding stability to Chelsea’s midfield, and won a consecutive title in his debut season in London.
His strong performances also saw the Frenchman win the PFA Player of the Year award as well as the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award.
Kante received the latter at the Landmark Hotel on Thursday night, where Emanalo addressed those in attendance, admitting his side got “lucky” with the signing.
“After Kante’s first training session with us the players hugged him and we sent Leicester flowers,” Emanalo added.
Upon receiving his award, the France international also made a speech.
“It’s special because I couldn’t even say I’m the best player but it’s very special and a great honour,” said Kante.
“It’s not only me. I owe so much to my teammates because we have achieved so much together this season and we still have the FA Cup.
“It is very special, a few years ago I was playing in the French lower divisions.
“Five years ago I wasn’t even professional so to receive this kind of award means I am the kind of player I cannot even imagine being here.”