United legend: “Kante a man mountain”

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham was full of praise for Chelsea midfielder after presenting the PFA Player of the Year award to the Frenchman at the award ceremony in London on Sunday night.

Kante beat his fellow team-mate Eden Hazard, as well as Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez in the vote by his fellow players to take home the coveted award.

The former Leicester City man has been an ever-present force in the Blues’ midfield this season and was the big favourite to win the trophy. With Chelsea currently top the league with five games remaining, Kante could become the first player in Premier League history to win consecutive titles with different clubs. Kante was the stand-out player as The Foxes won the title last season, with his performances warranting him a £30 million move to Stamford Bridge during the summer.

A number of current and ex-players and pundits have been brimming with compliments for Kante, however it was Beckham’s comments on the little Frenchman which stood out.

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Beckham was awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Merit award on the night. (source: Sky Sports)

The former England captain stated: “What I like about him – actually what I love about him – he plays the game in such a humble way. He works hard, he can pass the ball, he can tackle, he can score goals.

“To have won the Premier League the way he did last season with Leicester was special, and the position Chelsea are in at the moment – if they go on to win the title it’ll be a special couple of years for him.

Beckham added: “We’ll see what happens towards the end of the season, but he’s a special talent, and to be the man mountain that he is, and the size he is, says a lot about him.”

From one legendary Premier League number seven to another congratulations N’Golo Kante.

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