Chelsea Midfielder N’Golo Kante Lifts Lid on Why He Willfully Shies Away From Limelight

?Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has insisted that he doesn’t want to be considered anything more than just a footballer and is happy to stay out of the limelight, although he still enjoys successful moments as much as his teammates, even if isn’t as openly expressive.

Kante shot to fame after winning the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016 and followed it up as the star behind Chelsea’s triumph a year later. He then won the World Cup with France earlier this year and appeared too shy to join in with the celebrations.


“I like to enjoy the moment with the boys, but not like some players who are more expressive – although I enjoy it as much as them,” he told the latest edition of Chelsea’s official magazine.

“When we (France) won the World Cup and the camera was moving across, some of the players knew that I don’t like to have too much attention on me, so they pushed me forward and were singing,” the 27-year-old explained.

“It was a good moment, and I hope I enjoyed it in the best way. I hope that some moments like this will come again, because it was really exceptional.”

Despite his meteoric rise since moving to England, Kante has acquired a reputation for great humility. He drives a low-key car, he ?recently had dinner, played FIFA 19 and watched Match of the Day with a group of football fans he met at a mosque, while the ‘Football Leaks’ scandal bizarrely painted him in a positive light after it revealed him having rejected the chance to receive payments through an off-shore company to avoid paying tax on some of his earnings.

“I play football and I want to be considered as a footballer,” insisted Kante.

“I don’t want people paying too much attention about what I am outside of football, what I’m doing, and asking: ‘Who is N’Golo?’ Just consider me as a footballer, you don’t need to look too much at this and say: ‘Oh, he’s like this, he’s like this, he’s like this.’

“Ask me about my football, and not too much else. I just want to be a player among the players.

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“I am how I am. I cannot explain it well, but I don’t feel the nicest person, on the football pitch or in life, I’m just myself. If I win, I win and if I lose, I lose, but I always try to give my best in any competition. That’s not because I’m nice or something. I’m just myself.”


Eden Hazard Explains Why He’d Have ‘No Regrets’ If He Fails to Win the Coveted Ballon d’Or Trophy

?Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has revealed why he doesn’t covet the Ballon d’Or in ways that other players do, and admits he’d have no regrets if he ended his career without winning it. 

The 27-year-old has had a standout start to the 2018/19 campaign, with eight goals and eight assists in 18 appearances since his return from the sidelines following a similarly stellar World Cup with Belgium.

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The Belgian placed 8th on this year’s list from France Football of the best players in the game, but, talking to the Radio show ‘Team Duga’ on ?RMC Sport about the award, Hazard explained: “If I have it, it’s a plus, but I’m not thinking ‘I need the Golden Ball’ and I think others are better than me. I always thought of myself as a collective before my person, so it does not matter to me.

The ?Chelsea man was speaking following his side’s unexpected 2-0 triumph over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, a performance in which ?Hazard, deployed as a false nine, showed his propensity to play for the team rather than himself.

And, while he admitted he would enjoy it if he could one day win it, he would have no hard feelings if it continued to elude him: “After, when we see the big players who had it before, having it would of course please me, but if I do not have it in the end, I will have no regrets.”

Being on French television, the forward was also asked about Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante. 

On the latter’s repositioning under Maurizio Sarri, and whether it had adversely effected the Frenchman, Hazard jokingly proclaimed: “Even if N’Golo Kanté played goalkeeper, he would be happy.”


Agent of Chelsea Midfielder Jorginho Names the Four Clubs Who Missed Out on Signing the Italian

The agent of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has revealed that Chelsea beat four other Premier League sides to the signing of the midfielder in the summer.

The Italian midfielder joined Chelsea from Serie A side Napoli in the summer, however the player’s agent Joao Santos has said that his client had a wealth of options to ponder before deciding on a move to Stamford Bridge.

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Santos told ESPN Brazil: “There have been calls from ?Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and ?Chelsea. In a way all the big English clubs saw Jorginho because he was already in the Italian national team.”

Santos’ comments have confirmed the interest of the Premier League clubs, however it’s not clear whether each of these teams made an official offer to ?Napoli for the player.

Santos did hint however that Chelsea were able to capture the Italian’s signature due to their offer being better than others that were on the table for the player and that the choice on the destination of Jorginho was made by Napoli.

“Based on an agreement with Napoli, Jorginho still had two years contract and the last word was Napoli. At that moment, the best deal for Napoli was Chelsea.”

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Chelsea’s appointment of Jorginho’s former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri could have also been a pivotal factor in bringing the player to west London. 

Jorginho has been an integral part of Sarri’s Chelsea’s team since joining the Blues, only missing one of their 16 Premier League games this season, and chipping in with a goal on his debut. Jorginho and Chelsea travel to face Brighton in their next Premier League game on Sunday.


Chelsea Suspend 4 People Amid Allegations of Racial Abuse Aimed at Man City Star Raheem Sterling

?Chelsea have announced they have suspended four people from attending future matches, pending an investigation into allegations of racism by home supporters towards Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling. 

The Blues ended the Champions undefeated run with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but the result was quickly overshadowed when video footage surfaced of alleged racial abuse being shouted at Sterling by home supporters as he went to take a corner, and Sterling would later open up on the incident on a ?social media post.

It was announced soon after that the club would work with the police to identify those responsible, and they announced in a ?statement today that four people had been banned following the incident, while investigations remain ongoing. 

The statement reads: “?Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards ?Raheem Sterling during our match with ?Manchester City on Saturday.

“Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.

“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.”

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While it has become a divisive issue, the football world has largely backed Sterling for his bravery in the face of the alleged discrimination.


Pundit Suggests Why Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic May Prefer to Join Liverpool Over Chelsea

Transfer pundit and former journalist Ian McGarry has claimed that Dortmund star Christian Pulisic may prefer to join Liverpool over Chelsea due to his chances of breaking into the first team.

New contract talks for Dortmund’s American starlet seem to have stalled with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2020. There have been reports that the Bundesliga leaders may look to sell Pulisic in January or this summer, rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season. 

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Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast ex-journalist and ‘football consultant’ Ian McGarry has claimed that Pulisic has doubts over a possible move to Stamford Bridge.

He said, as quoted by The Daily Star: “We reported last week on Chelsea’s moves. What has transpired since is that speaking to a member of the players’ representative team, I’ve ascertained that Pulisic himself at 19 fears that he may get lost in the ?Chelsea flood of talented attacking midfielders.

“And unless one of the major players moves on – and I think he’s looking at ?Eden Hazard and the possibility of him leaving next summer, which is certainly a possibility but not yet confirmed – then he feels his future would be better, or more optimistic, at ?Liverpool where he sees there’s a need and desire to play that 4-3-3 system that Jurgen Klopp favours.

“And there is a desire from the owners of Liverpool to recruit the next American superstar.” 

Klopp and Pulisic have links from their time at Dortmund and the German is clearly an admirer of the American winger.