It is a potential success Kante could never have imagined just two years ago when he was at French strugglers Caen, never mind during his teens.
“But it wasn't a success because they said things like 'we have more players like you in our teams and we didn't need you.'
“So I kept working in my local team Suresnes, a little team in a suburb of Paris.
“I didn't get much explanation why they didn't take me in their teams but for me the main reason was maybe just that I wasn't good enough. There were some players better than me or as good as me."