Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has confirmed that he snubbed a move to Manchester United this summer in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman came into the spotlight following his impressive performances for Leicester City during their title winning 2015/16 campaign, which was also his debut campaign in the Premier League following his move from Ligue 1 side Caen.
The 25-year-old midfielder's performances with the Foxes earned him a call-up to the France national squad for the European Championships, while he was also nominated for the PFA player of the year in England, which was eventually won by his former teammate Riyad Mahrez, who he has labelled a 'real technical talent'
Kante attracted attention from top clubs all across Europe, but mainly in England with Arsenal, Chelsea, and United vying for his services. And unlike his Leicester teammates Jamie Vardy and Mahrez, who signed new contracts to remain at the King Power Stadium, he decided to make the move and join one of the Premier League's big clubs to continue his career.
Arsene Wenger had revealed his admiration for the France international, while the Red Devils were also linked. Kante has now confirmed his conversation with Jose Mourinho, but admitted that he was unsure about his future plans at the time of his talks with the Portuguese manager. However, talks with Antonio Conte changed the midfielder's mind about his future after which he completed a £29m ($38.5m) to Stamford Bridge.
"It was amazing to have Mourinho call me, even though I'd been warned before how he would appeal to me," Kante said, as quoted by the Sun.
"I listened to his arguments about why I should move to United. But at that time I was hesitant between staying at Leicester or leaving for Chelsea.
"My discussions with them were already well underway. But when I spoke, I had a good feeling with Conte," he explained.
"At Chelsea I'm in a star-studded dressing room. Being the star of the game doesn't interest me. That's the highest level, unless you have exceptional qualities."
"Yes, I feel I'm a pretty complete player, but I'm not an outstanding player. Someone like Riyad Mahrez, yes, he has a real technical talent," the France international added.