Arsene Wenger says Chelsea have one player with rare quality

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he regrets not signing Chelsea star N’Golo Kante whose quality is not often found.

The 30-year-old has obviously now become an icon for Chelsea since signing for the Blues from Leicester City in 2016.

Apparently, the energetic midfielder is among the list of players Wenger could have signed during his tenure at Arsenal.

The current FIFA chief of global football development said during his academy days, Kante actually had a hard time finding a club that would take him.

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“Because he played in a club in Paris called Suresnes, where one of my best friends is a director,” Wenger told Ian Wright in a Q&A session for SPORT Bible.

“He told me, ‘Please, I have a player who we know is unbelievable. Nobody wants him in France.’

“He took him in his car and travelled with him from club to club, and finally a club from division three in France took N’Golo Kante.

“It is an unbelievable story, N’Golo Kante – you could make a film as well with him.

“He is something that you don’t find often.

“He wins the ball without making any foul. And straight away, he moves that ball forward.”

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Kante spent a decade at JS Suresnes from 1999 to 2000 before joining Boulogne reserves team. He had to wait two years before making his professional debut as a substitute in a Ligue 2 match.

He then moved to Caen in the following season and played a big role in their promotion to Ligue 1. He spent two seasons at Caen before signing for Leicester City in 2015.

He left Leicester City after just one season; their famous Premier League title-winning campaign under Claudio Ranieri and arrived at Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of £32million (Sky Sports).

The rest is history.

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