‘He makes me smile’: Christian Pulisic claims 31-year-old is his favourite Chelsea teammate

Christian Pulisic has claimed to Complex’s YouTube channel that N’golo Kante is his favourite teammate at Chelsea.

The Frenchman has spent the majority of pre-season away from his first team teammates, after his vaccination status didn’t allow him access to enter the United States for their pre-season tour.

However, he quickly reminded supporters of his importance to the side with an imperious display against Udinese, capped off by a stunning goal to open the scoring.

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The American meanwhile enjoyed a strong tour of his home country, scoring in the fixture against Charlotte.

The winger was featuring on Complex’s ‘GOAT Talk’ when he was asked who his greatest teammate at Chelsea was.

He said: “For some reason the first one that came to my head was N’G [N’Golo Kante]. He makes me smile everyday. He covers, runs for you. He’s a good teammate.”

Pulisic loves Kante at Chelsea

It will perhaps not come as a surprise to many supporters that Kante is popular amongst his peers, with Chilwell himself also full of praise when asked about the 31-year-old earlier in the summer.

Fans will now be hoping on the pitch antics treat the World Cup winner better, with his injury record mounting over the previous couple of seasons.

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The situation has got so bad that the Blues are considering signing reinforcements in midfield, with them linked heavily to the signing of Frenkie de Jong.

While the Dutchman is potentially better in possession of the ball, it will be difficult for any midfield signing to match what he gives the club in terms of winning the ball back, with his ability to carry out the ugly side of the game almost certainly another reason he is loved by his teammates.

Kante will be hoping he has proven his fitness enough in the short time he has trained under Thomas Tuchel this summer to start this weekend’s opener against Everton.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.