Real Madrid rejected N’Golo Kante in 2014

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Sir Alex Ferguson has described Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante as the best player in the Premier League this season and Thierry Henry believes the French midfielder would be a top signing for Arsenal.

But did you know that the 24-year-old was rejected by Real Madrid in the summer of 2014?

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais - and brought to our attention by The Sun - Kante was included on a list of recommended players provided to Florentino Perez by Real Madrid scouts but was rejected because he was relatively unknown.


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That’s right. Perez turned down Kante because the midfielder didn’t fit in with the rest of the high-profile players at the Bernabeu. He wasn’t a big enough name.

Real Madrid subsequently signed German World Cup winner Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich instead.

Kroos has flattered to deceive at the Bernabeu

However, Kroos has blown hot and cold since arriving at Real Madrid and has only managed to find the back of the net three times in 87 matches.

Kante has been a revelation at Leicester

Kante, on the other hand, has been a revelation for Leicester, who lead the Premier League table by five points with nine fixtures of the season remaining.

Signed for £5.6 million from Caen last summer, the industrious midfielder has a real chance of finishing the season with a Premier League winners’ medal to his name.

Real Madrid’s loss has undoubtedly been the Foxes’ gain.

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