Years before his Premier League transfer, Arsene Wenger was briefed about “unbelievable” N’Golo Kante.
N’Golo Kante was one of Arsene Wenger’s biggest regrets during his tenure as Arsenal manager, and he admitted that he knew about the Frenchman even before he played for Caen.
Arsene Wenger has confessed that he was aware of N’golo Kante long before he joined Caen in Ligue 2, and that his previous team had to go across France in a car with the midfielder to urge clubs to buy him.
Wenger has been promoting his new film of the same name, and as part of that, he was interviewed by former Arsenal player Ian Wright via SPORTBible.
When asked by his former striker which player he wished he had signed, Wenger responded Cristiano Ronaldo at the outset of his career and N’Golo Kante just before his departure.
Wenger responded, “The end of my career, N’Golo Kante.” “Because he played in a club in Paris where one of my best friends worked as a director, and he told me, ‘Please, I have a player, he is incredible, but no one wants him in France.'” He [the friend]drove him [Kante] around in his automobile, going from club to club. Finally, Kante was signed by a club in Division Three. It’s a fantastic narrative, and you could make a movie with him.
“And he does something you don’t see every day: he wins the ball without fouling and immediately takes the ball forward.”
Kante, 30, was a key member of Leicester City’s title-winning team in 2015-16, and was signed from Caen for for £5.6 million after being seen by then-Foxes scout Steve Walsh.
Since his arrival in the Premier League, the Blues maestro has been a revelation, arguably becoming one of the best ball-winning midfielders in the league’s history.
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He’s won two Premier League titles, a Champions League, an FA Cup, and a World Cup with France since joining Chelsea in 2016 for an estimated £32 million.
Towards the end of Wenger’s tenure at Arsenal, Kante was just the type of player that many believed the Gunners required to push on and fight for the title.