It’s no secret that N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football. right?
Barely a day goes by that we don’t hear some story about him jumping into a lake to rescue a bunch of puppies or travelling 15,000 miles to help an old lady across the road – we assume he ran there.
In a way it would be kinda funny if we were about to tell you it’s all a load of rubbish and he’s actually proper miserable – but we’re not.
Kante’s Chelsea teammate Kai Havertz has been lauding the French midfielder, though in fairness he didn’t stop at ‘he’s a nice guy’, he also described what it’s like to play alongside a player as talented as him – ground-breaking stuff!
“When you see [Kante], you have to smile, he is a great personality and a great person,” he told reporters (via Goal). “And a great football player. As an attacking player, I’m always happy when he is on the pitch.
“You can make a lot of mistakes because he always wins the ball back. He’s fast, agile and always gets his leg in. That’s why it’s not so nice to have to play against him in the first match of the European Championship.”
Alright so we know about Kante. Yes he’s good, yes he’s nice, what about the other Chelsea players?
Havertz has also heaped praise on his club and international colleague Antonio Rudiger. Having been frozen out by Frank Lampard during the Chelsea legend’s time at the helm, the defender has gone on to become a key member of Thomas Tuchel’s side and Havertz believes he was key to his side’s strong finish to the season.
“[Rudiger] has given us so much stability over the last few months.,” he added. “After Tuchel’s arrival, he played outstandingly. As a mentality player, he’s also important. On the pitch, he’s a warrior. A bit like Kante – you want him in your team.
“Playing against him in training isn’t as much fun either. The last few months have been top. It was very hard for him at first and now he’s fought his way out of it.”