Kante: I’m not like them

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Chelsea have had two defensive midfielders in the past few years from France, and they both played the same kind of football.

Kante has often been compared to Chelsea legend Claude Makelele, and Lassana Diarra is another former Blue from France who played in a similar role.

Kante has spoken about the influences the Frenchmen had on his career as he often watched their games, but he also admitted that he isn’t like any of them.

Kante told uefa about his football upbringing: “Growing up, coaches or team-mates might tell me that I resemble such-and-such a player.

“I was just someone who watched football; I would watch the games which interested me, without necessarily focusing on players in a similar position to mine.

“Whenever the international break came around, I would obviously watch France play. And getting to watch the likes of [Claude] Makélélé or Lassana Diarra, I drew inspiration from them at some point.

“But in the end, I’m not like them. I was lucky to be in touch with them and they’re great players with their own career, and I have my own career and path at my side. I have had some chats with Claude since I came to Chelsea. He was here to give me advice on my play, and the impact I can have on the game. Being able to talk with him about that is beneficial for me because he knows the position.”

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