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Chelsea's N'Golo Kante: 'I don't feel like the player of the year'

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante: 'I don't feel like the player of the year'
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

LONDON -- N'Golo Kante insists he does not feel like the best player in the Premier League, despite earning glowing praise from head coach Antonio Conte as a result of his performances for Chelsea this season.

Speaking after Kante scored the winning goal in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, Conte said the France international had become a "top player" and was justifying the decisions of both the Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' Association to name him the best player in the Premier League in 2016-17.

But when Conte's comments were put to him following Chelsea's 6-0 Champions League demolition of Qarabag on Tuesday, Kante was reluctant to dwell on last season's individual achievements.

"I think football, when one game passes, we need to forget to keep improving," he said. "I think last season was amazing for me and the club but this was the past and we need to focus for the future.

"This is what we need to do, and I do not feel like the player of the year. I do not really care about it when I play. I just try to do my best always when I am on the pitch, and try to improve in training, and give my best in the game."

Kante has been integral to Chelsea's swift recovery from last month's shock home defeat against Burnley on the opening day of the Premier League.

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