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N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante

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Kanté wins PFA Player of the Year Award!

N'Golo Kanté has been named PFA Player of the Year. Kante won the award for his amazing performances for Chelsea this season. Kante is close to winning the Premier League title for the second consecutive season. The French midfielder is also close to winning the League and Cup double with Chelsea. On Saturday, Kante helped his team beat Spurs 4-2 in the FA Cup semi-final. Two goals from Willian and one each from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic gave The Blues victory and a place in the FA Cup Final. They will play Arsenal in the Final, who beat Manchester City 2-1, after extra-time, in the other semi-final. If Chelsea and N'Golo Kante play at the same level as they have for most of this season, the Gunners will have to play really well to beat them.

Who was N'Golo Kanté up against?

N'Golo Kante beat Harry Kane and Eden Hazard to the PFA award.

N'Golo Kanté was up against some strong competition for this year's PFA Player of the Year award. In total, there were six nominees. The other nominees were N'Golo's Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard, Manchester Utd's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Everton's Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham's Harry Kane. The PFA award is very important for players because it is voted for by other football players. Each player at the 92 professional clubs that comprise the four divisions of football in England and Wales plus the 8 clubs in the Women's Super League gets one vote each. The only rule is that they can't vote for a player at their own club. There are also PFA awards for the Young Player of the Year and the Women's Player of the Year. These awards were won by Tottenham's Dele Alli and Manchester City's Lucy Bronze. 

He's the one you can't replace. If Eden Hazard wasn't there you could put Willian in. He's the best midfielder in the Premier League, if not Europe.

Danny Murphy, a football pundit for the BBC.

What do we know about N'Golo Kante?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez were also nominated.

N'Golo Kante was born in March 1991, in Paris, the capital of France. Kanté's parents were both born in Mali. He started his football development with J.S Surenses, which is a small sports club in the Paris region. He had lots of problems finding a professional club because he was very small and no club wanted to take a risk on him. Eventually, he signed for his first professional club - Boulogne, who were playing in the French second division. His debut wasn't a totally happy one, it was on the final day of the 2011/12 season, when Boulogne were already relegated to the third division. The following season, Kanté became a regular in Boulogne's first-team and a transfer to Caen followed in the summer of 2013. Kanté and Caen were promoted to the first division in 2013/14 season and Kanté became an important part of the midfield for the Ligue 1 team. In the summer of 2015, Kanté made the short trip from France to England.

What has Kante won in the Premier League?

Kante won the Premier League with Leicester City.

In the summer of 2015, Leicester City paid Caen £5.6 million to bring the midfielder to the Premier League. This could be the best bit of business a Premier League club has ever done. Kante was simply brilliant as Leicester City shocked the football world by winning the Premier League title. Along with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Kanté helped change Leicester from a team fighting against relegation to a team fighting for the title. He made more interceptions than any Premier League player (156) and gave Leicester real bite in midfield. Kante was named in the PFA team of the season for 2015/16. Following his success at Leicester, Kante decided to make a move to Chelsea and it looks like the move was the right one with Chelsea close to winning the Premier League again and Kante being named PFA Player of the Year.

How does it feel to be the PFA Player of the Year?

Watch the video with N'Golo Kante and practise your listening skills. What questions does the interviewer ask and what are N'Golo Kante's answers? Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

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N'Golo Kante has been named the PFA Player of the Year. Do you agree with the PFA's choice? Would you have chosen a different player?

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elghoul's picture
elghoul
25/04/2017
DZ
9105
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N'Golo Kante is the best this year although the Premier League title is still on play.

What the award means. How did Kante move so smoothly from Leicester to Chelsea. Does Chelsea manager help the player in his new team. Is players Union useful? What Kante feels winning two consecutive Championships?

I would like asking Kante how difficult it is to learn English.

 


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elghoul
25/04/2017 17:40
Algeria
Arsenal
9105

N'Golo Kante is the best this year although the Premier League title is still on play.

What the award means. How did Kante move so smoothly from Leicester to Chelsea. Does Chelsea manager help the player in his new team. Is players Union useful? What Kante feels winning two consecutive Championships?

I would like asking Kante how difficult it is to learn English.

 

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kwesimanifest
26/04/2017
GH
14285
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I would have loved Eden Hazard to have won the award even though deserves it too.


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kwesimanifest
26/04/2017 08:25
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

I would have loved Eden Hazard to have won the award even though deserves it too.

Emil
26/04/2017
RU
1582
points

Correct me
Kante is amazing player. He deserved this award!
It is so honour to see his play at my favorite club. He is a perfect footballer and wonderful person. I hope that he will stay for a long time in Chelsea.


Emil
26/04/2017 11:50
Russia
Chelsea
1582

Correct me
Kante is amazing player. He deserved this award!
It is so honour to see his play at my favorite club. He is a perfect footballer and wonderful person. I hope that he will stay for a long time in Chelsea.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
30/04/2017
UA
8821
points

My humble corrections, Emil :   Kante is an amazing player. It is such an honour to see him play at (for) my favourite club. 

"honor" and "favorite" are spelt in the US English.

"his" is also possible though, but in this case "play" would be a noun. After "him" "play" is a verb.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
30/04/2017 18:28
Ukraine
Liverpool
8821

My humble corrections, Emil :   Kante is an amazing player. It is such an honour to see him play at (for) my favourite club. 

"honor" and "favorite" are spelt in the US English.

"his" is also possible though, but in this case "play" would be a noun. After "him" "play" is a verb.

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Rich
01/05/2017
ES
2921
points

Hi Emil and Alex

I think (as you pointed out, Alex) the most important explanation is how we use 'such' and 'so'.  Such is followed by a noun and so is followed by an adjective. In this case, 'honour' is a noun so we should say 'such an honour'. 

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
01/05/2017 10:42
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Emil and Alex

I think (as you pointed out, Alex) the most important explanation is how we use 'such' and 'so'.  Such is followed by a noun and so is followed by an adjective. In this case, 'honour' is a noun so we should say 'such an honour'. 

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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