Chelsea Star Reveals He Could Have Played Rugby or Basketball After Succeeding as a Youngster

Luke Calver

​Chelsea star N'Golo Kante has revealed he could have been playing rugby or basketball instead of football in the modern day as he got scouted in both when he played as a youngster. 

Now one of the world's best central midfielders, it could have been a completely different story for the Frenchman who had the choice of sports to go into. 

Sunderland v Chelsea - Premier League
Sunderland v Chelsea - Premier League

In a revealing interview with ​The Times, Kante explained about how he used to play all different sports as a child at school:  "We used to play football or skate ball outside with friends. When I began school we started swimming, rugby, football, athletics and basketball."

Since a child, Kante has always had the same mentality about not giving up, which has got him where he is today at Chelsea, he spoke about this as a kid:  "After basketball one day a teacher said, 'You have good mentality. You lose but kept playing for your teammates.' Another day we did cross-country and I finished third."


The 25-year-old then went on to say how he got scouted in rugby:  "And maybe one year later we did rugby, I tried to tackle the man and my teacher said, 'When you were at the tournament the scout from the club said you have good spirit, good condition, maybe you can play rugby."

Luckily for us though his choice from an early age was football, and we get to see his talent grace the pitch every week in the Premier League.

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France v Ivory Coast - International Friendly

"In the end the teacher said to my family, 'Maybe it would be good for N'Golo to do some sport' and my choice was to play football."

"No, no. If you want to fight, OK, but maybe in rugby I'll be too small for that. I didn't choose my size. When I play, I don't think I'm smaller than others."

We are very lucky to have this star man play football in the Premier League.


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