N’Golo Kanté collected his Player of the Year award from the Football Writers Association last night — the award itself was announced earlier this month but the actual gala did not take place until yesterday — after which he gave an adorable and scary interview. Adorable for us, scary for everyone else.
“Next season will be a new challenge because we are going to try to keep the title, to win the two cups [FA Cup and EFL Cup] and also we'll have the Champions League. For a club like Chelsea, we want to win everything, we're going to try and win everything. It's a new challenge for everyone.”
That’s right, everything. Premier League (which would be his third in a row, personally), League Cup, FA Cup, and of course the Champions League, which will be a new competition for Kanté. He willingly gave up the chance last summer to partake in it with Leicester, so he’s undoubtedly motivated to make his mark in that competition as well with Chelsea.
Really, the only thing missing from this interview was an evil laugh. MWAHAHAHAHAHA! ALL THE TROPHIES!!
But that’s not really his style at all. Instead, Kanté paid tribute to his teammates and to his head coach.
“It's special because I couldn't even say I'm the best player but it's very special and a great honour. It's not only me. I owe so much to my team-mates because we have achieved so much together this season and we still have the FA Cup.”
“It is very special, a few years ago I was playing in the French lower divisions. Five years ago I wasn't even professional so to receive this kind of award means I am the kind of player I cannot even imagine being here.”
“He [Conte] had a very clear idea of what he wanted from the team, and from me,. Since I joined Chelsea he puts a winning mentality on everyone. The hard work, the important little details, he's a winner. He's a hard worker, he wants to work, work and repeat in every training session to win at the weekend.”
-N’Golo Kanté; source: Mail
Work work work.
The Football Writers' Footballer of the Year - N'Golo Kante! pic.twitter.com/YqdJO8NC0u— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 18, 2017