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For over a decade now we’ve had the Makelele role in football, but Chelsea legend Claude Makelele believes it’s time the role is called the Kante position.

Kante has had a spectacular first season with Chelsea, winning the Premier League title with Chelsea and lots of individual awards including Premier League Player of the Season.

Makelele, who handed the Premier League Player of the Season award to Kante, was full of praise for his compatriot.

“Every time I watch N’Golo Kante, I see so much desire in him, so much focus and so much determination to make himself a better player with every game,” Makelele said.

“He was the heartbeat of the Leicester team, but it was also like taking a bulldog for a walk – you had to keep pulling him back because he had so much energy.

“Now N’Golo has added intellingence. He appreciates the position of his team-mates more and how to play in a more sophisticated system where it’s not all about running and tackling, but the decisions he makes.

“Some players are meant to be superstars, but some – like N’Golo and myself – must be happy making other people look good.

“Next season we will see him become even better because he will have the challenge of the Champions League. He is also part of a fantastic generation of young players coming through for France, which will also see him develop.

“And I am glad. People talk about the Makelele position, but I am old and it’s time everybody called it the Kante position. N’Golo deserves that.”

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