I have many more years to play, 30-year-old Kante says

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N’Golo Kante had a phenomenal season with Chelsea, as he played a key role in helping the Blues win the Champions League.

Kante has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, Europa League, World Cup and now the Champions League.

The Frenchman is aiming for more success and has revealed that he’d play at the top for many years.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Kante said: “I became a professional late and I’ve won many things that I couldn’t have expected, but behind my years as a professional there was a lot of work, a lot of successes and a lot of failures also. They helped me to grow as a player and a person. But I know I have many more years to play and I hope to keep being successful and to keep achieving beautiful things.

“My motivation is still the same as it was: to do the best I can for the team, always. It’s not my motivation to say I can be this or I can be that. Success in football is something collective and this is always the most important thing to remember. To do your best for your team and win titles with your team-mates is the best thing in football.”

Kante moved from Bologne to Caen in 2013 for free, before sealing a move to Leicester City for £8 million. According to Kante, rising to the top wasn’t easy as he often faced rejection.

He added: “It took time for me to establish myself as a professional footballer. Even when I was 12, 14, 16, I was going to trials to try to get into the academies of professional teams but the answer was always the same.

‘We already have players in the academy like N’Golo, or better, so we don’t need to take him.’

“When I heard them say this, I always tried to be honest with myself.”

Kante still has two years left on his contract with Chelsea, and the club has opened talks with him over a new contract.

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