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Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante: I've had to overcome rejection - several times

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante admits he's had to fight for everything he has in football.

Six more wins will guarantee Chelsea the title and Kante, 26, a place in the record books as the first outfield player to win back-to-back Premier League's with two different clubs.

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.

“When I was young, between 13 to 18, I tried to get into professional academies like Rennes, Lorient, Sochaux maybe four or five different ones," he said.

“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."

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