The 5’5″ midfielder may not look like an idea candidate to become a rugby star – but it was his attitude that impressed a scout.
Kante has quickly become one of the stars of the Premier League after winning it with Leicester last term and transferring to Chelsea over the summer.
And he has spoken about his natural sporting talent as a youngster that was transferrable across a number of sports.
“The scout from the club said you have good spirit, good condition, maybe you can play rugby”
Kante told the Sunday Times: “We used to play football or skate ball outside with friends.
“When I began school we started swimming, rugby, football, athletics and basketball.
“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.
“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.
“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.”