Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has revealed fan favourite N’Golo Kante also has a ‘dark side’ to his game.
Kante is renowned for being one of the ‘nicest and modest blokes’ in football.
The 30-year-old reportedly refused to let his image rights be paid to an offshore tax haven, instead telling Chelsea he just wants a ‘normal salary’.
He was too shy to have a picture taken with the World Cup trophy after France’s 2018 victory.
And he only drives a Mini despite pulling in around £150,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.
But 2010 World Cup winner Fabregas, who played alongside Kante at Chelsea, insists he has a different side to his game which makes him so successful.
In his Telegraph column, Fabregas wrote: “N’Golo has a little dark side as well that I like, which I still see now when I watch him on television.
“He doesn’t lose his temper, but, if you watch, you will see that he does not mind fouling an opponent or getting a yellow card and he will not apologise or be nice to the other guy, he will just walk away.
“I like this and it gives a message to the opponent that N’Golo will not be too nice on the pitch.
“To be a really top player, you need this. If you are nice on the pitch, then they eat you alive and I smile when I see his darker side.”
Fabregas who posited that Kante is one of the best ever player in his position, backed the diminutive midfielder for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
“Now everyone sees what an incredible player he is and, even if France do not win the Euros, N’Golinho is one of the greatest-ever players in his position.
“If France, who are my favourites for the tournament, do win the Euros then there will be a very strong case for N’Golo to win the Ballon d’Or having already added the Champions League to his World Cup and Premier League titles.”
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