Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed Jose Mourinho made an attempt to bring him to Manchester United ahead of the 2016/17 season.
Kante’s exceptional work rate and indomitable spirit formed the backbone of Leicester City’s shock title success last season under Claudio Ranieri, leading to various clubs expressing an interest in the Frenchman.
The midfielder eventually joined Antonio Conte and Chelsea last August for £30m on a five year deal.
Speaking with the Mirror, Kante divulged that Mourinho made an attempt to sign him whilst discussions with Chelsea were underway.
“It was amazing to have Mourinho call me, even though I’d been warned before how he would appeal to me,” he said.
“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.”
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez may have grabbed the headlines during Leicester’s astonishing title success, but it was Kante who provided the crucial platform of solidity and dedication for Ranieri’s side.
The 25-year-old’s immense impact can be summed up by an ultimately overused gag: 70% of the world is covered by water, the rest is covered by Kante. A dead joke, I know, but it does somewhat encapsulate the Frenchman’s rampaging style.
His introduction into the fold at Manchester United would have undoubtedly injected more power and steel into Mourinho’s midfield. Indeed, Chelsea are already reaping the benefits of Kante’s presence, making a 100% start to their Premier League campaign. That said, Mourinho, with a excellent array of attacking options at his disposal, won’t be too disheartened by the failure to sign the Frenchman.