'Fantastic': Hugo Lloris says 'unique' Chelsea player is one of the best in the world

France captain Hugo Lloris had high praise for his compatriot and Chelsea gem, N’Golo Kante, ahead of the pair’s next European Championship clash.

Speaking in a press conference before Le Blues play Switzerland tonight, Lloris was asked a customary question about his mini-college.

Very few media meet-ups go by without Kante’s name coming up in conversation.

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For a man who isn’t one to demand the spotlight, he is constantly the center of attention, for all the right reasons.

Kante the full package

He has been at the heart of Chelsea and Frances midfielder for some time, the beating organ that pumps footballing blood into his teammates.

And he is the lungs that seem to never run out of breath, or the brain that is always two steps in front of the opposition.

Combine all these body parts and you have a player that is almost complete.

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Much like his trophy stash, which is missing two major pieces of silverware.

One of those being the Euros trophy, the other the Ballon d’Or, an individual honour he is heavily being tipped to win.

Lloris lauds his little comrade

When questioned whether Kante could claim the game’s most prestigious personal prize, Lloris didn’t want to give too much away.

“It’s too early to talk about it, but we know N’Golo is one of the best in his job,” said the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper.

“He had a really fantastic development in the Premier League and also with the national team

“On a human level, he is always himself and he brings his unique personal touch to the team.”

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Permitted France defeat the Swiss this evening, they will play either Croatia or Spain.

Belgium or Italy would then await them in the semi-final, the last task before a potential trip to Wembley for the show piece event.

If Didier Deschamp’s side can work their way through the knockouts and claim European glory, very few could disagree with a possible Ballon d’Or nomination for Kante.

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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.