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N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante
  • Full Name: N'Golo Kante
  • Nationality: France
  • Height: 1.68m Weight: 70 kg Age: 30
  • Previous Team: Boulogne, Leicester City
  • Award: FWA Footballer of the Year (2016–17), PFA Players' Player of the Year (2016–17), Leicester City Players' Player of the Year (2015–16), Chelsea Player of the Year (2017–18[), Premier League Player of the Season (20116-17), Trophées UNFP for Best French Player Abroad (2017, 2018), London Football Awards Player of the Year (2017), French Player of the Year (2017), Ballon d'Or: 2017 (8th place), ESPN Midfielder of the Year (2019)

N'Golo Kanté is a French International footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the France national team.

N'Golo Kante is a dynamic, diminutive and disciplined player, known for his relentless energy and excellent ball-winning abilities as a box-to-box midfielder.

This is attributed to his strong positional sense, off the ball movement, and ability to read the game. 

His Leicester City league-title winning manager, Claudio Ranieri, often joked about him having "batteries" and said: "One day, I’m going to see you cross the ball and then finish the cross with a header yourself.

His game is considered as, or tasked with, doing the "dirty work," which includes running, fetching, and retrieving possession; to benefit team-mates so they can be put in goal scoring positions.

Although he is predominantly known for his tactical awareness, intelligence, and the defensive aspect of his game — namely his ability to tackle and regain possession, intercept passes, and block shots — he is also capable of playmaking from inside his own half and is an efficient passer on the counter-attack. He is also quick up and down the pitch and often makes late attacking runs.

He was a late bloomer and by the age of 21 had only made one senior appearance in the second tier of French football. He credits his calm and composed demeanor on the pitch to his gradual rise through three levels in the football league pyramid

Kante joined from Leicester City, where he so memorably played a major part in the Foxes’ Premier League triumph the previous season. The then 25-year-old came close to adding to that success on the international stage soon after. He was part of the France squad that was denied a host-team triumph at Euro 2016 by an extra-time Portugal goal in the final.

He earned much praise and many plaudits for his consistently impressive displays for Leicester, and was widely considered to be a major factor in the club's excellent form as they went on to win the 2015–16 Premier League, consistently making a high number of tackles and interceptions. 

Kante was one of four Leicester players named in the PFA Team of the Year. By the end of the season, Kanté had managed 175 tackles (31 more than any other player) and 157 interceptions (15 more than any other player), topping the defensive stats at the end of the 2015–16 Premier League season.

He arrived at Chelsea with a Premier League winners’ medal and eight international caps to his name, and was selected for the first game of the 2015/16 season, a win at home to West Ham.

Kante started 35 of the 38 games that recaptured the Premier League title for Chelsea. Kanté become the first player since Eric Cantona in 1993 to win back‑to-back top-flight titles in England with two clubs.

Kante began life under Maurizio Sarri in a new role, slightly further forward on the right of a three-man midfield, and the rewards were immediate as he arrived in the box to break the deadlock in our opening-day win at Huddersfield.

Kante was named in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 in September, rewarded for his performances for both club and country, and in November it was announced he had committed his long-term future to Chelsea by signing a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

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