No one has bad things to say about N’Golo Kanté. That’s pretty much a fact.
The Chelsea midfielder appears to be, and most likely is, one of the nicest people in the game, seemingly always smiling, and constantly described as being as humble as they come.
However, that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily always angelic, as explained by Théo Schuster, one of the producers on the TF1 documentary Les Bleus 2018, au coeur de l’épopée russe about the France national team’s time at the World Cup.
Asked by Le Point which players surprised them the most during their time with the squad, he said: “Kanté is someone who’s really endearing, but less naive than you might think. He’s discreet, not shy. He’s perfectly integrated in the group, plays cards and won’t hesitate to cheat like a little boy at times, because he’s also obsessed with winning.
“However, his lack of vices can be read on his face when he tries to win by other means. We tried to interview him, but he was really clever in avoiding us. ‘When we reach the semi-finals, promise’, etc… In the end, he always had an excuse, but when it was all over, he gave me his shorts. That’s N’Golo Kanté. He doesn’t like being forced, and wants to be discreet”.
Arriving at Stamford Bridge from Leicester having already gained a great reputation during the Foxes’ title win, the France international is now one of the key components of Maurizio Sarri’s club, who appears to have given him a bit more freedom than his predecessor.
It’s a role he seemingly enjoys, scoring in his first Premier League game under the Italian manager in a 3-0 win against Huddersfield.