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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante had a meteoric rise in his football career, but is now rated as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Just six years ago, Kante was playing in the third tier of France football division, but has now won two Premier League titles and the World Cup since moving to the Premier League.
Kante’s former manager at Caen, Patrice Garande, who discovered the Chelsea midfielder when he played in the French third tier, brought him to Caen and worked with him for two years, has explained the fears he used to have about Kante.
At first, the manager doubted whether the midfielder had the charisma to stand his ground in the dressing room.
Later, it became obvious to Garande that the Frenchman had the strength to express and defend his stance in all circumstances.
“Before he first came to Caen in Ligue 2, I wondered whether he lacked the charisma to hold his own in the dressing room at a bigger club,” the 59-year-old told The Athletic. “But when we spoke, on a range of different subjects, he had a voice.
“If he didn’t agree, he told me so. He made it clear if he thought I was in the wrong. He had that strength. Whether in a professional or private context, he’s more than capable of fighting his corner, to put across his arguments why he disagrees and give his point of view.”