The World Cup winner’s star shows no signs of burning out as he continues to go from strength to strength
Andres Iniesta named N’golo Kante as the one player he would have liked to have played with for many years.
The Chelsea midfielder has enjoyed one of he most meteoric rises to the top of world football in such a short space of time.
In 2013, the 27-year-old was playing for Caen in France and arriving to training on a scooter until his mother told him off and convinced him to buy a second-hand Renault.
Just five short years later, he was a two-time Premier League winner, FA Cup winner, two-time Ballon d’Or nominee and World Cup holder.
Under new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, the France international has shown attacking attributes many thought he didn’t have to his game as the Italian pushed the diminutive midfielder forward to accommodate his ‘Sarri-ball’ tactics.
For Iniesta, a serial trophy winner during his 16 years with Barcelona, the qualities Kante displays so consistently for club and country are what make him so brilliant, and makes him wish he could have played alongside him.
“He’s a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years,” the Vissel Kobe midfielder told RMC Sport.
“He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.
His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.”
Such brilliance has inevitably seen Kante linked with lucrative moves across Europe to some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly enquired about bringing the midfielder back to his home country, while Iniesta’s former club have also apparently expressed an interest.