Asked if Kante should be considered a bargain, Conte added: "N'Golo was a target, and we were very pleased to reach this target in our transfer market".
"He's not the type of player who likes to speak out".
But there are two things Conte believes his modest star can still improve on - going on the attack and making a bit more noise. "I don't think that a player like Messi is a selfish player".
His dynamic performances in the middle of the park have seen his fellow players vote him as the Player of the Year.
Former England midfielder Murphy said: "He's the one you can't replace". "He is like an extra player in the way he makes sure his team are not outnumbered in every area of the pitch". That's very sad. It's not my idea of football and I will never understand this.
"He is a special player", said Beckham, England's third most-capped player of all time. For me, I don't want this and I can't accept this.
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award last night after an outstanding debut season at Stamford Bridge.
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Antonio Conte stated that Kante shows great ability to win the ball and has also improved a lot with the ball. "It's hard for us without him". It's a great achievement.
Meanwhile, Manchester City fullback and England global Lucy Bronze won PFA Players' Women's Player of the Year award. He's a really good guy. He's always been able to work on his weakness.
"He is has improved a lot but I think also he can continue to improve". It's important for him not to stop this will, desire, to continue to improve himself.
The defensive midfielder, who was named on the short-list for the second year in a row after helping Leicester to win the Premier League last season, has been instrumental to Chelsea's hopes of winning the title in this campaign.
"We worked together with the national team", Conte said. It's awesome the way he kicks the ball. "Kante is brilliant at what he does, but you'd like to think you can get someone close to him who would still do a decent job".
Elsewhere, Matt Targett and Charlie Austin will return to training after recovering from respective hamstring and shoulder injuries but neither is available for the trip.
"Gary trained with us yesterday and also today", Conte confirmed.