Claudio Ranieri believes N’Golo Kante was born to be a football player.
The former Leicester manager appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football Show last night alongside host Dave Jones and pundit Jamie Carragher.
And it was always going to be a must-watch given it was the Italian’s first proper public appearance since he was cruelly sacked by the club in February just months after the most unlikely Premier League win.
While most would have tuned in for his verdict on whether or not he was sacked because of the influence of his former players, it was also interesting to hear Ranieri’s view on that title-winning season as well as Kante.
The French midfielder emerged from nowhere to become one of the Premier League’s best players last season and earned a £32million move to Chelsea in the summer.
He’s continued his strong form this season too, inspiring Antonio Conte’s men to the top of the league and what would be his second title in-a-row.
But what makes Kante great? Because he was born to play football, according to Ranieri (skip to 23:40 for start of Kante analysis):
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The Italian manager said: “This man is a very serious man. He was born for football, he is born to be serious. If you give him something, he made it to maximum. Fantastic. Always laughing. Never say nothing. Never say a,b,c. If he speaks behind me, I can’t recognise his voice.”
Kante is definitely one of the most influential defensive midfield players in world football and his performances for Chelsea this season have only solidified that.
Conte’s side will be in Europe next season and that will be the next level Kante will have to prove himself at to be universally considered as one of the world’s best players.