N’Golo Kante: Jose Mourinho tried to sign me for Manchester United

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed that Manchester United were keen to secure his signature before a move to Chelsea was sealed in the summer.

The former Leicester City man moved to Stamford Bridge in July for £32 million and has immediately made a difference to the Blues’ midfield.


However, things could have been different if the 25-year-old accepted an offer from Jose Mourinho to join Manchester United instead.

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


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.

N’Golo Kante

Kante was one Leicester’s key players as they defied all the odds to win the Premier League last season, having only moved to England in August 2015 from French side Caen.

As well as his fluorishing club career, Kante has become a regular in the Didier Deschamps’ national side and has nine caps to his name so far.

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