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'I could have been a winger' - Chelsea's Kante not always a destructive midfielder

Goal.com logo Goal.com 25-02-2017

Ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Swansea City, N'Golo Kante has dropped the bombshell that he could have had a career playing on the wing.

The Blues are currently top of the table and eight points clear, with Kante instrumental in his side's assent to title contention after his £32 million summer transfer from Leicester City.

Antonio Conte has called upon Kante on a regular basis this season and has looked for his 25-year-old midfielder to use his unique talent to break up the play. Kante, though, admits that he only discovered his ability to stop other teams playing in the past few seasons and that he could have ended up in a more attacking role if things had worked out differently.

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"When I first went into the senior game I was more of an attaching player to begin with," Kante said in Chelsea's match day programme. "For two or three years I played on the wing, when I went to Boulogne in 2011, I started playing in the middle as a central midfielder.

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"To be honest, it was only when I was first in the French Ligue 1 that my manager and other people started to say, ‘Okay, N’Golo recovers a lot of balls'. Before that, I didn’t consider it to be my job in the team.

"I don’t think of it like that, it just happens. I didn’t especially discover this quality in myself. When we have to defend, I just try to recover the ball for the team because it’s important, but I always try to go forward when we have the ball."

"The coach likes to ask me to keep the balance of the team, to press at the right time and move with my midfield partner, to be strong. When we have the ball, he wants me to try to look forward and find a good solution."

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