The Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain star believes Kante has the quality to shine on a major stage.
Former midfielder Claude Makelele has hailed the qualities of Leicester City and France star N’Golo Kante and suggested that his compatriot would thrive on a move to Paris Saint-Germain, as quoted by Metro.
Kante was one of the stars of the show at the King Power Stadium this season as the Foxes won a historic first league title, and although he did not hit the headlines like teammates Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, his quality and importance to the side was evident.
Playing in a combative central midfield role, the 25-year-old served as the engine of the Claudio Ranieri’s side in the way that Makelele was utilised by the Italian manager at Chelsea over a decade ago.
Kante’s stellar performances were recognised by his peers as he was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, ultimately losing out to Mahrez, and he has also become a star for the French national side as a result of his superb club form.
Makelele, who was so proficient in a defensive midfield role in his career that players in his mould are often described as playing ‘the Makelele role’, believes that Kante has all the attributes necessary to be a star in a top-class European side, and suggested that his own former club PSG would perhaps be best suited to his talents.
The 43-year-old said, via Metro: “If he continues like this, to work hard, he will become a key player in a big European team. When I imagine him with [PSG midfielder] Marco Verratti, I reckon it would be a real pleasure. He has to aim for that level.
“Do you know the most important quality for a holding midfielder? It is generosity. And everyone can see that N’Golo has it. The second thing is positional sense to guarantee the balance of the team. For a player of his age, who is not used to the role, I find him very mature.
‘Of course, when I see him, I can see myself, but above all, he has to be himself, and he is doing very well at that. His next aim should be to be recognised as the base of his team.”
Kante is clearly gaining some sort of recognition despite his out-of-the-spotlight position; speculation has already begun to surface that he could be poached from Leicester this summer, with clubs such as Arsenal linked with a move.