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Cesc: The story behind the 'N'Golinho' nickname for Chelsea midfielder Kante

Cesc Fabregas has recalled the Brazilian nickname N'Golo Kante was given at Chelsea.

Fabregas says he and Eden Hazard coined N'Golo Kante's nickname at Stamford Bridge because of his world-class skill.

Kante was named "N'Golinho" by his teammates with the Blues, whom he signed for in 2016, when all three players were at the Premier League club together.

Fabregas has since moved to Monaco, while Hazard plays for Real Madrid.

Fabregas told the Telegraph: "It was Eden Hazard and I who gave N'Golo Kante his Brazilian nickname of N'Golinho when we were all at Chelsea together and I still use it to this day...

"He's seen as a defensive midfielder who makes all these tackles and recoveries and it's fantastic, but sometimes we wouldn't see him lose the ball.

"He can run with the ball, break lines and dribble, and sometimes, just because it's him, we don't appreciate these things.

"So that's maybe why we started to call him N'Golinho. He's one of the most complete midfielders in the world, for sure."

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