N’Golo Kante has played down any suggestion that he is “one of the best midfielders in the world”, despite many placing him in that category.
The French midfielder burst onto the scene in 2015-16 after linking up with Leicester City.
He helped to inspire the Foxes to a remarkable Premier League title triumph, earning him senior international recognition and a £30 million move to Chelsea.
Kante is now closing in on another top-flight title, with his presence in the middle of the park considered to be crucial for the Blues as he continues to draw widespread praise.
The humble 26-year-old has, however, told the Daily Mirror: “Last season we were champions with Leicester and at the moment we are top of the league with Chelsea.
“That's why people put it on me but it is not me. I have been in two good teams.
“I am not one of the best midfielders in the world or something like that. I play with some talented players like Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah. They have different styles and I can learn from everyone.
“I need to keep improving tactically, defensively and offensively for the last pass, the last shot.”
Kante’s success is down to his seemingly endless supply of energy, with every blade of grass covered in any given performance.
Once again he is eager to play down the focus on his footballing ‘engine’, with the all-action midfielder claiming that his drive comes from a love of the game.
He added: “People say 'look at his energy, look at his tackling' but I always wanted to give the best for the team and if I need to run until the end I will try to.
“There is always a chance to play, be healthy and with no problems. Football is something I like so when I have this chance to play I like to give my best.”
Kante has made 33 appearances for Chelsea this season, with two goals netted in Premier League and FA Cup clashes with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.