'Above all': National team coach says all his players want Chelsea gem on their team in training

Didier Deschamps explained that Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is the player everyone wants on their team in France training.

Speaking to El Pais, Deschamps shed light on how much Kante is admired by his national team colleges.

That love is not just confined to the French camp.

Kante has once again captured the world’s attention for his Chelsea performances, which had briefly disappeared into the shadows.

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His displays in the Champions League in particular earned plaudits from across the footballing landscape.

Receiving Man of the Match awards in both semi-finals and the final are good indications of the 30-year-old’s current levels.

Kante a man in demand

Deschamps will be hoping the midfielder can carry his fine form into the European Championships, as France kick off their campaign against Germany tomorrow.

It is almost certain that Kante shall start the match, which should be music to the ears of Le Blues stars, who all want the Parisian on their side.

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“He is above all the first player that his teammates pick for their teams in training,” admitted Deschamps when speaking about Chelsea’s no.7.

“And he is the first name that a coach, a national team manager, notes down when he is deciding his starting XI.”

French fancies

Gazing over the France squad, and it says a lot about Kante’s class that he is the name nobody wants to play against.

Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe are just a few of the incredible 26 that Deschamps can call upon.

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But above them all rises one of the smallest men in the set-up, whose stature grows whenever he steps onto the pitch.

A dream to work with and a nightmare opponent, Kante is arguably the ultimate teammate.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.