N’Golo Kante’s Response To Him Being Seen As A ‘Nice Guy’ Sums Him Up
Chelsea star N’Golo Kante feels his image of being a nice guy is overblown.
Kante has become a player that even rival fans can’t help but love because of how pure and innocent he is, not to mention his unrivalled work-rate on the pitch.
But incredibly, Kante manages to be humble about being humble and claims he is just a “normal guy” and “just a player like the others”.
“It is true that sometimes, there is this image that is a bit too wonderful and a bit too beautiful,” he said in a press conference on Sunday at Clairefontaine, as per Get Football News France.
“But in the end, I am just a normal guy. A player amongst others.
“There is no need to say I am the kindest, or the nicest. I am just a player like the others. I think that sometimes, it is overblown. It does not need to be.
“It is true that I like to get on well with my team-mates, to have good relationships with people that I come across in the streets and in football. But aside from that, there are other people like that in football. We don’t need to make a whole story or sometimes exaggerate.”
Modest as they come, Kante had to be hoisted in the air by teammate Antonio Rudiger as the Blues did the customary trophy lift at the Estadio Da Dragao.
“I called [N’Golo] Kanté for my birthday, it was a small party,” Felipe Saad told Brazilian outlet Uol Sport.
“Suddenly, he arrived at the restaurant with a box of chocolates, all ashamed.
“He apologised for the gift and said he didn’t know what to get because he had never been invited to a birthday party before.”
Although Kante underplayed it, Saad said people like him are a rarity in football today and he is exactly the same behind closed doors.
“N’Golo is one of the best hearts I know, he’s a profile that doesn’t exist anymore in football,” the Brazilian added.
“That’s why there’s unanimity amongst the players…inside the dressing room, he’s just the same as what you guys see on the television.”