Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has spoken of his admiration for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
The Chelsea midfielder has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of world football.
In 2013, the 27-year-old was playing for Caen in France and arriving to training on a scooter until his mother told him off and convinced him to buy a second-hand Renault.
Just five years later, he is a two-time Premier League winner, FA Cup winner, two-time Ballon d’Or nominee and World Cup holder.
Under new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, the France international has shown attacking attributes many thought he didn’t have to his game as the Italian pushed the diminutive midfielder forward to accommodate his ‘Sarri-ball’ tactics.
For Iniesta, a serial trophy winner during his 16 years with Barcelona, the qualities Kante displays so consistently for club and country are what make him so brilliant, and makes him wish he could have played alongside him.
“He’s a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years,” the Vissel Kobe midfielder told RMC Sport.
“He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.
His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.”
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Such brilliance has inevitably seen Kante linked with lucrative moves across Europe to some of the biggest clubs in the world.
The midfielder won eight La Liga titles with Barca, as well as four Champions Leagues, and scored the only goal as Spain beat the Netherlands to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Called ‘Iniesta TV’, cameras will follow the 34-year-old in his new life.
It has been launched on Rakuten Viki, the Rakuten Group’s global video streaming service which will broadcast the series in English, Spanish and Japanese around the world. Fans can watch content from the Rakuten Viki site on PC and smartphones, as well as through Rakuten Viki apps on iOS and Android devices, and on TVs through apps on Roku, Apple TV, fireTV, androidTV and chromecast.
Supporters, though, will be asked to subscribe to “Viki Pass,” a premium subscription plan that allows access without advertising.
Speaking about the series, Iniests said: “You can watch how I live in Japan and how I adapt to my new club, as well as interviews and conversations with great sports stars.
“We are going to organise some great contests. I will show you my ball skills as well as some ways to improve your football.”
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