N’Golo Kante was instrumental to Leicester City winning the Premier League title for the first time in their history last season before joining Chelsea last summer.
Kante formed an impressive partnership with Drinkwater in the middle for Leicester City last season but ex-Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri revealed he first played Kante as a left winger when Leicester City signed him.
“At the beginning, we were looking at another international player to put there. Because we lost Cambiasso. He was the main man. I tried to keep him but he said no I want to go away,” Ranieri said on Monday Night Football.
“We wanted another international player but this player didn’t choose Leicester, he chose another team in another country. In the end, we had Kante and Clasie. I said take Kante, I’d like Kante.
“I watched him two or three times. I started him as a left winger!
“I put him there because during the training session I said I had to find a solution for him.
“I started with him there but after I put him in the middle.
“How can I not put him in the team? He was there to support everybody.
“At the beginning I put him on the left but after I put him in the middle with Drinkwater because the couple made a very good difference.
On Kante’s comparisons to Claude Makelele, Ranieri added: “Makelele started when he was younger as a right winger. Afterwards he was less mobile and more of an organiser.
“This man (Kante) is a very serious man. He was born for football.”