While N'Golo Kante was playing in France's second tier, a die-hard Middlesbrough fan scouted the midfielder and recommended him to the club which even got a response from their official Twitter account.
Dennis Abbott tweeted the North East outfit about Kante in 2013, urging then manager Tony Mowbray to check out Kante who was plying his trade for Caen.
"Boro scouts: tell Tony #Mowbray to check out #Caen midfielder Ngolo #Kante before #Wenger gets him. Top top player," he wrote back in 2013.
To which Boro replied: "Passed on to our scouts, thanks Dennis."
Dennis wrote back: "That's great. He's an outstanding creative player, winning plaudits from media & players alike."
"Thanks Dennis - they're going to look," the club replied.
Naturally, Boro missing out on Kante sent social media into overdrive.
Whatever happened to that player called N'Golo Kante? Just asking for a friend... pic.twitter.com/WABqp993vc- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) April 8, 2021
"Got a feeling this kante fella will be a top player," one social media user joked.
A second wrote: "Maybe end up at some top level club and grab a couple of PL medals maybe a world cup."
A third added: "Had a mere here lads ain't ya."
He won the Premier League title with the Foxes and then secured a big-money transfer to Chelsea, where he made it back-to-back Premier League medals.
He's also won the FA Cup and Europa League not to mention the World Cup with France in 2018.
One that got away...
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