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Name N’Golo Kante
Spelling N’Golo Kanté
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc From the humblest of beginnings to the dizzying heights of Premier League success - first with Leicester and then with Chelsea - N’Golo Kante has proved a revelation. His willingness to do the dirty work, while allowing his teammates to grab the headlines further up the pitch, have earned him the admirations of fans across the league. And if it wasn’t for him, it seems unlikely Leicester would have gone on to win the league when they did

Affiliation

Org France National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Leicester City
  FC Caen
2015 08
Leicester City signed the relatively unknown French midfielder Ngolo Kante from Caen for £5.6 million
2016 07
Chelsea signed the by-now-well-known French midfielder Ngolo Kante for £32 million

2016 07 23 Retrieve

[France midfielder *N’Golo Kante wrote a farewell message to Leicester City fans on his personal Instagram account after his transfer to Chelsea was confirmed] I want to thank the leaders, my team-mates and Claudio Ranieri for this fantastic season that saw us winning the title of England. Their confidence and also the fans’ will forever remain in my memory. And I again thank you all.

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[New Chelsea signing N’Golo Kante reveals he had a message for the Belgian star after his equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur handed Leicester City the English Premier League title] When I saw Eden Hazard here at Chelsea I said to him you maybe do not know but everyone thanks you

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Ngolo Kante talks about winning the FIFA World Cup] When we won the World Cup and the camera was moving across, some of the players knew that I don’t like to have too much attention on me, so they pushed me forward and were singing. It was a good moment, and I hope I enjoyed it in the best way. I hope that some moments like this will come again, because it was really exceptional. Honestly, it’s been an amazing experience with the national team, both the qualification and the competition in Russia. There was a good atmosphere in the team, I think we really spent a good time together, both in football and outside of football, and when we started to enjoy success, qualifying for the last 16, then the last eight and the semi-final and the final, we enjoyed those wins together

2019 01 05 Retrieve

[Ngolo Kante talks about his hunger to win more trophies] Does winning all those trophies give me the hunger to get more this season? Yes, of course. The last few years have provided some beautiful memories for me. There have been beautiful achievements of winning titles with my team-mates. I hope to continue in the same way. Even if we had ups and downs with Chelsea last year, because we didn’t get into the top four, we finished well with the FA Cup. Following that, by winning the World Cup with the national team was a beautiful way to end 2017/18

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Kante says he could finish career at Chelsea amid Real Madrid and Juve transfer links] Of course [I could finish my career at Chelsea]. Today I am with Chelsea until 2023. So, in my head, I hope to continue to have great seasons with Chelsea until 2023

[When asked if he could see himself playing in another league, Kante’s response was simple] No, not really

[Prior to his move to Leicester from Caen in 2015, Kante had reportedly had the chance to remain in his home country and join FC Marseille – but the Parisian-born midfielder says he has no regrets] Of course not. When I arrived at Chelsea, I was at Leicester and I had just won my first title with a club. Today at Chelsea, I have had three wonderful years winning titles. I think that it is a club that has helped me a lot and I hope that I will be able to win a lot more titles here. The year at Leicester was magnificent and I did not regret [not joining Marseille] at all

2019 11 24 Retrieve

[Kante reveals why he rejected PSG to stay at Chelsea] Sometimes we do not necessarily know where we want to go. But we know what we have. I know I was in Chelsea and I was good there. If I did not want to come to PSG it was more a sporting choice. I felt good in London, in the project and I was happy to stay there

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Kante hopes injury problems are over as he calls on Chelsea to show more belief] I feel fine. I have a good feeling on the pitch. I went to the national team and it was good for me. I hope the difficulties have ended and I can keep giving my best for the team

[Kante believes Frank Lampard’s side need to show greater belief to turn losses into wins] We are a little bit disappointed. We wanted to come for the win to keep our run going and to stay second in the table. I think it was a difficult game and we know City are a good team. We can be proud of what we did and we need to keep going for the next game.

I think we had our chances. We could have scored to equalise but I think we are playing against a strong team. It was difficult, it was tight and they won. It is what we want. We want to fight against every opponent. We gave our best. Even Liverpool was a tight game. This is the way. We need to believe that we can compete against everyone in the league and give our best to see what we can achieve this season. I think they have played together for a long time with the manager and players. We can feel that they have a lot of ways to play together. They gave us many difficulties in their counterattacks. I think we could have done better in some ways but, in the end, it was a tight game

[Kante has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances] Not especially [being asked by Lampard to score]. I enjoy it, but I enjoy it more when we win. This is how it is for the whole team. No, no [I am not like Lampard was]. I would rather win than score. I want to help the team and keep winning to stay at the top of the table. I am trying to score when I have the opportunity to help the team. I think from the years I have been playing here, and I am now more often arriving in the box.

I start to score when I have the chances. It was a good goal. We didn’t manage to keep the result but a good pass from Mateo [Kovacic]. I hope we can score more as a team and win many games. I think this year, as the year before, we have a lot of quality midfielders. I think that it doesn’t matter who plays but everyone wants to play his part and give his best when they are playing. We are a squad together and it doesn’t matter who is playing, you just have to give your best for the shirt

2019 11 25b Retrieve

[N’Golo Kante believes Wednesday’s meeting with Valencia is a must-win game] It is another important game. Maybe this is it for the qualification in the Champions League. We need to rest a bit and focus on Wednesday. Of course, of course, [we mustn’t lose]. Three points are needed for the Champions League game and we need to be ready for this game. They won [at Stamford Bridge], it was like this, but now we all have seven points and it is really important for us to win and we are going to work for it

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Kante praises Mason Mount after win over Spurs] Out of all the Chelsea players, one player who has the biggest potential is Mason Mount. His combination play, his shooting technique, passing technique. How he sees the game. He could become a very good player

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[N’Golo Kante says Chelsea have the team to win a title] I believe we have the team to get what we want this season - to finish in the top four, get Champions League football next season and why not to win a title as well. We have everything that we need in this team

We are having an important time of the season because we are all fighting for the fourth position. Man United were a bit behind but now they have closed the gap so it’s a big opportunity either for us to keep them behind or for them to close the gap more. It’s an important game for both teams. We all know that Man United at home is a very difficult game, especially after what happened in the first game but we don’t look at this. We just look forward because we want to keep the gap and so that’s why we need to win, not to get revenge

[Kante believes the Blues have the perfect manager] He was here for a long time as a player and won many trophies but now he is back with the status as manager of Chelsea. We know all about him as a player so when he speaks about my position as a midfielder, to go forward and get the balance in the team, you listen to him. He has good ideas, he wants to play the young players and the older players together to get our target to be in the Champions League. Frank knows how to bring the players to their best and we have time to get what we want from this season