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Former Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante revealed that Jose Mourinho tried to convince him to join Manchester United instead of Chelsea in the summer.

Kante, 25, joined Antonio Conte’s Chelsea revolution in July after playing an integral role in Leicester’s Premier League title run last season.

The tenacious midfielder was reportedly wanted at Old Trafford too, but despite Mourinho’s efforts to lure him to United, the Frenchman chose the Londoners instead.

“It was amazing to have Mourinho call me, even though I’d been warned before how he would appeal to me,” Kante told reporters.

“I listened to his arguments about why I should move to United.

“But at that time I was hesitant between staying at Leicester or leaving for Chelsea.

“My discussions with them were already well underway. But when I spoke, I had a good feeling with Conte.”

Kante has played every minute of Chelsea’s first three games in which they have taken nine points. They currently sit in second place behind Manchester City on goal difference.


Culled from ESPNFC