Kante joined Chelsea earlier this summer in a deal worth around £30 million, after playing a crucial role in helping Leicester City win the Premier League last season.
Having taken the number seven shirt, Kante has enjoyed a bright start to life at Stamford Bridge, evidenced by his outstanding performance against Burnley at the weekend.
And Hazard – who is enjoying something of a renaissance himself – hasn’t been shy in hailing Kante’s presence, even if his comparison seems a little cack-handed.
Speaking to Chelsea TV, via the Mirror, Hazard said of his new colleague: “He gives us confidence. We want to try to dribble and to pass the opponent because we know even if we try but don’t pass the opponent and if we lose the ball then he is there behind us, he can take the ball.
“He is a fantastic player.
“He is a like a rat, he goes everywhere and he has a top mentality and is a top guy.
“It is always good to play with the top players.”
Who needs enemies when you have friends like Eden, eh N’Golo? To be fair, we kind of get what he means – although, do rats cover a lot of ground?
Either way, we’re willing to accept that he was meaning his comments as a compliment.
What do you think of Kante’s influence at Chelsea? Is he the puzzle piece Conte’s side have been missing?