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N'Golo Kante Plays Down Ballon d'Or Favourite Tag and Opens up on Chelsea Future

N'Golo Kante has spoken about winning the Ballon d'Or
N'Golo Kante has spoken about winning the Ballon d'Or / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has played down talk of winning the Ballon d'Or after emerging as one of the favourites to win the award following his stellar performances that helped the Blues win the Champions League.

Kante was named Man of the Match in both legs of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, and also scooped the award in the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the final.

However, the Frenchman played down his chances of winning the prestigeous award, ahead of stars like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. “It's a bit early to talk about it now. We are in the middle of the year, there are six months left, and lots of matches and competitions to play. It’s not necessary to say today that I deserve it,” he told a press conference.

“A few years ago I was in the top 10. It was the first time and it was nice. But winning it is another story. “It's a great individual reward. I see it as the result of a good season for the players. It's not a goal I'm working on. Those who won it in the past are players who have achieved great things during their career.”

With two years left on his current contract at the club, Kante revealed that he has no aspirations on leaving West London any time soon. “I've been at Chelsea for five years,” he added. “I have had many good years there and hope to have many more. The Champions League is the climax of five years spent at the club. My future is not something I consider. I have two years of contract left and I feel good there.”