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N'Golo Kanté
N'Golo Kanté
Kanté after training with Caen in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth 29 March 1991 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 14
Youth career
2001–2010 JS Suresnes
2010–2011 Boulogne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
2011–2013 Boulogne 38 (3)
2013–2015 Caen 75 (4)
2015– Leicester City 36 (1)
National team‡
2016– France 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2016.
† Appearances (goals)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:16, 13 May 2016 (UTC)
N'Golo Kanté (born 29 March 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays for English club Leicester City and the France national team, as a central midfielder.

He made his senior debut at Boulogne and then spent two seasons at Caen, the latter in Ligue 1. In 2015, he signed for Leicester City for a fee of €8 million, winning the Premier League in his first season. Kanté made his senior international debut for France in 2016, and was included in their squad for that year's European Championship.

1 Club career
1.1 Boulogne
1.2 Caen
1.3 Leicester City
2 International career
3 Style of play
4 Career statistics
4.1 Club
4.2 International
4.2.1 International goals
5 Honours
5.1 Club
5.2 Individual
Club career
Born in Paris, Kanté began his career at Suresnes before moving to US Boulogne. He made his professional debut in the last game of the Ligue 2 season on 18 May 2012, a 1–2 home defeat for his already relegated team to AS Monaco, replacing Virgile Reset for the final 11 minutes.[2]

During the 2012–13 season, he played in the third-tier Championnat National, missing only one league game. On 10 August, he scored his first senior goal, the only one in a win over US Luzenac at the Stade de la Libération,[3] and he added two more over the campaign.

In 2013 he joined Ligue 2 side SM Caen and played all 38 games in his first season as they came third in Ligue 2, earning them promotion to Ligue 1. In his second game on 9 August, he scored his first goal to equalise in a 2–1 win at Stade Lavallois;[4] he levelled again with his other goal of the campaign on 11 April 2014, in a 3–2 win at FC Istres.[5]

The following season, Kanté played 37 games as Caen remained in the top flight; his one absence was suspension through being sent off in a 0–1 home loss to Stade Rennais on 30 August.[6] Three weeks earlier, he scored their first goal of the season in a 3–0 win at Evian Thonon Gaillard.[7]

Leicester City
Kanté was scouted for Premier League club Leicester City by Steve Walsh, who had previously facilitated the transfers of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to the team.[8] On 3 August 2015, he joined Leicester on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee reported to be €8 million (£5.6 million).[9][10] He made his debut five days later by replacing Jamie Vardy for the final eight minutes of a 4–2 home win over Sunderland and scored his first Premier League goal against Watford in a 2–1 win at the King Power Stadium on 7 November.[11]

He earned much praise and many plaudits for his consistently impressive displays for Leicester City, and is widely considered to be a main factor in the club's excellent form in the 2015–16 season, consistently making a high number of tackles and interceptions.[12][13] In April, having made a season-record 149 tackles, he was one of four Leicester players named in the PFA Team of the Year. In that same season, Leicester City won the Premier League Title.[14]

International career
On 17 March 2016, Kanté was selected for the France senior squad for the first time to face the Netherlands and Russia in friendlies.[15]

He made his debut against the Netherlands on the 25 March 2016, replacing Lassana Diarra at half time in a 3–2 win at the Amsterdam Arena.[16] Four days later he made his first start on his 25th birthday, and scored to open a 4–2 win over Russia at the Stade de France; fellow birthday celebrant Dimitri Payet also scored.[17] He was named in Didier Deschamps' squad for France's hosting of UEFA Euro 2016.

Style of play
After his first senior goal, French regional newspaper La Voix du Nord likened Kanté to Claude Makélélé in his early days at FC Nantes. After asking the player if he considered Makélélé his role model, Kanté instead said that his was Lassana Diarra.[3]

Career statistics
As of match played 7 May 2016[18][19]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boulogne 2011–12 Ligue 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 CN 37 3 2 1 0 0 39 4
Total 38 3 2 1 0 0 40 4
Caen 2013–14 Ligue 2 38 2 4 1 1 0 43 3
2014–15 Ligue 1 37 2 1 1 1 0 39 3
Total 75 4 5 2 2 0 82 6
Leicester City 2015–16 Premier League 36 1 1 0 2 0 39 1
Career total 149 8 8 3 4 0 161 11
As of match played 29 March 2016.
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2016 2 1
Total 2 1
International goals
Scores and results list France's goal tally first.[20]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France Russia
Leicester City
Premier League: 2015–16
Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2015–16[21]