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Gary Neville Doesn't Think N'Golo Kante Is The Signing Of The Season

Gary Neville Doesn't Think N'Golo Kante Is The Signing Of The Season

There's not many people who would argue that N'Golo Kante has been the most inspired piece of transfer business done by a Premier League team over the past nine months. Although Gary Neville would not place himself among those who view the French midfielder's £30m move to Chelsea as the signing of the season.

Instead, the former Manchester United captain has opted for a deal closer to his heart as the season's best deal.

Neville's choice is, like Kante, nominated for this year's PFA Player Of The Year award and, given his age, it's arguably a more impressive feat that he's on the shortlist.

In case you can't guess from the above clues, 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man the Sky Sports pundit and commentator believes has proven himself to be the most astute signing of the 2016/17 campaign.

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Ibrahimovic has been just as good quality off the pitch as he has on it, this season...

The former PSG and AC Milan striker arrived at Old Trafford last Summer on a free transfer, having spent the past four seasons enjoying a complete cakewalk in Ligue Un.

The ex-Sweden captain had plenty of detractors upon his arrival at United, with many claiming he'd left coming to the Premier League until too late in his career and he would prove to be nothing more than an extravagantly paid flop.

Twenty eight goals in all competitions later, and Ibrahimovic has more than proved the doubters wrong, proving vital to Jose Mourinho's team who, without him, would not have lifted the EFL Cup in February, nor would they be in the top six in the Premier League table or even perhaps in the Europa League quarter-finals.

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Ibrahimovic's 28 goals this season have been vital for United's pushes on three fronts. Image: PA

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It's this sort of importance that hasn't been lost on Neville when making his decision.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said, "Ultimately he's [Ibrahimovic] been the best signing.

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"He's given the players and the club a lot more confidence."

Of course, with Ibrahimovic costing £30m less than Kante, it's not a bad argument for Neville to make, given the Swedish striker's immense contributions (a return of 17 goals in 27 Premier League games is phenomenal for a player of his age) to the United cause, this season.

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Is Zlatan a better piece of transfer business than this man, though? Gary Neville thinks he is. Image: PA

However, when you watch Antonio Conte's Chelsea team this season and see how much Kante has added to their midfield while, in contrast, how much he's taken away from Leicester City since leaving last Summer, it's hard to look past the Frenchman as the odds on favourite for the PFA Player Of The Year award, this year.

(H/T Metro)

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Chelsea FC, Premier League, Gary Neville, N'Golo Kante

Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.