Former France and Arsenal legend, Emmanuel Petit has lavished praises over humble and hardworking petite midfielder, N’golo Kante.
N’golo Kante is among one of the few decorated and complete French players in modern times perhaps after Benzema, Varane and Olivier Giroud with whom he shares the same training pitch at Cobham.
According to Emmanuel Petit, Kante has been one of the most consistent players in the French squad currently. He has put up a lot of sterling performances in the past five to six years with a few injuries threatening to worry him.
Former France player, Emmanuel Petit
“I think he deserves it, for what he’s done in the last five or six years. He’s a great lad; great humility; great character on the pitch. When you play with him in your team, you play with 12 players. I would have loved to have played with him – to play with him and Patrick [Vieira] in midfield” he added.
Petit further went on to also heap praises on his fellow countryman and former mate, Patrick Vieira, with whom he called his best friend but insisted Kante is the soul of the French National team.
“I think we would have been best friends on the pitch because we talk the same football, we give everything for the team and we don’t care about our [individual] performances – we want the team to win. For me, Kante is the soul of the national team” he stated.
The former Arsenal legend and World Cup winner also added that contrary to popular views that the likes of Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Griezmann are the best in the national team, his favourite remains the Chelsea midfield dynamo, N’golo Kante.
“When you ask people in the street, ‘Who is the best player in the national team?’ They will always say, ‘Mbappe or Benzema or Griezmann. But for me – in this team – it’s Kante” he added.