N’Golo Kanté (born 29 March 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the France national team.
Upon making his senior professional debut with Boulogne in 2012, appearing as a substitute in one Ligue 2 match and played an entire season in the third division the following year. After that he joined League 2 side Caen on a free transfer, finished third and won promotion to the Ligue 1. He stayed with the club for one more year.
In 2015, he joined Leicester City for a fee worth £5.6 million and became an integral member of the club’s first Premier League title. He was named Leicester City’s Player of the Year in his first, and only, season at the club. The following year, he joined Chelsea for a fee worth £32 million and won the league; making him the first outfield player to win back-to-back English league titles with different clubs since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993. He has also won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year award.
Kanté made his senior international debut for France in 2016 and was included in the squad that finished runners-up at the 2016 European Championship. In 2017 Kanté was named the French Player of the Year, a first for a player from the Premier League in seven years, and 12 months later was a key member of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winning squad.