N’Golo Kanté has been one of Chelsea’s most consistently excellent and impactful players this season, and the summer signing is accordingly one of the front-runners not only for Chelsea’s player of the season but the Premier League’s. Whether any of those individual recognitions come to pass — (defensive) midfielders don’t usually make for the most exciting award winners — Kanté’s influence on Chelsea’s massive turnaround from last season should be undeniable.
But for Kanté himself, it’s only the start of greater things to come. As Conte likes to say, always improve.
“It's always nice to hear nice things about yourself, but you have to step back, there's still a lot of work.”
“When I'm with France, I see the careers and the prize list of my teammates, I think that I have not done anything in football...”
-N’Golo Kanté; source: Canal+ via Google Translate
With Kanté closing in on his second successive Premier League title, his future France teammates might be looking at him in a similar manner in the future.
In the interview with Canal+, Kanté also talks a bit about ending up at Leicester City instead of Olympique Marseille two years ago (Caen and Marseille couldn’t agree in the summer of 2015, so he chose the Premier League instead), and puts Hazard, Costa, and David Luiz ahead of himself for the end of season awards. Plus, there’s an adorable reaction to Kurt Zouma’s question while Riyad Mahrez looks sad.