N'Golo Kanté Q&A

Chelsea FC

1. How did you find the move over from France adjusting in England?

Yes the transition was not really an issue for me. I could already speak English and the climate is similar to northern France. Leicester made me feel really welcome and I settled easily.

2. Who was your favourite player growing up?

Yes the transition was not really an issue for me. I could already speak English and the climate is similar to northern France. Leicester made me feel really welcome and I settled easily.

3. How did you find the adjustment to premier league ?

I found the Premier League was more physical and had a faster pace than the French league. The media also follows every team in the Premier League and in France it is not the same, the media focuses on the top sides in France.

4. You seem to take all the success at Leicester and the move to Chelsea in your stride,

are you ever flustered?

No I have never been flustered, I just work hard and give my all every day and see where my journey takes me.

5. What is your advice to young players coming into the pro game?

I would advise them not to put too much pressure on themselves, to work hard and be the best you can be every day, these qualities will give you a strong basis for progression. 

6. Who’s the most difficult opponent you’ve played against?

Paul Pogba and Moussa Dembele are strong technical midfield players.

7. Are you aware that you are a great role model for the professional game?

I only realise that when people approach me for my signature and photos, I just see myself as a normal person just like anyone else in society. 

8. Who was an influence for you as a teenager coming through the ranks?

I was never marked as a player who will make it as a professional, so I studied accountancy whilst playing football. I realise that I may reach the top level when I was playing in the third division in france and saw that top players such as Ribery and Vilebuena had progressed from the third division, their stories gave me hope.

9. What do you do in your spare time when not training or playing?

My family comes to visit me so I like to spend time with them, I also enjoy playing FIFA and like to stay home and relax.

10. You’re on a long coach journey to an away game, how do you like to pass the time?

I like to catch up and speak to my friends and family and enjoy watching documentaries.

11. Much has been made of your meteoric rise in football over the past few years. Going back to your days in France, did you ever feel that you would be playing week in week out for Chelsea and representing your country within such a short space of time?

I have never set myself targets as I was never talked about as a player who will be the best when I was younger, I work hard and give my best every day. I have been lucky enough to move levels, at every level I reach I keep this same attitude. I am very happy to be playing at the top level for Chelsea and will be proud to represent France in the world cup. I will do my best and keep working hard for my club and country.