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N'Golo Kante Apologised To Teammate For Birthday Gift, He'd Never Been Invited To A Birthday Party Before

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N'Golo Kante Apologised To Teammate For Birthday Gift, He'd Never Been Invited To A Birthday Party Before

A wholesome, but sad story about the time N'Golo Kante apologised for a gift because he had never been to a birthday party before was once told by a former teammate at Caen.

It was a stroke of genius from manager Patrice Garande to bring Kante to Caen following his breakthrough 2012/13 season at Boulogne.

After the Ligue 2 side decided to bring the midfielder to the Stade Michel d'Ornano on a free, the hardworking midfielder contributed heavily to Caen's promotion to Ligue 1 before helping the club maintain a place in France's top league the following year.

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy
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In the space of three years, Kante went from playing in France's sixth division to Ligue 1. And during this time, the Frenchman made some great friends, including former Caen teammate Felipe Saad.

To celebrate his birthday, Saad decided to invite Kante to his birthday party at a local restaurant.

The Brazilian defender remembers Kante's reaction when he joined up with his teammate that day.

"I called [N'Golo] Kanté for my birthday, it was a small party," Felipe Saad told Brazilian outlet Uol Sport. "Suddenly, he arrived at the restaurant with a box of chocolates, all ashamed.

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"He apologised for the gift and said he didn't know what to get because he had never been invited to a birthday party before."

Last year, Chelsea midfielder Kante managed to be humble about being humble after claiming he is a "normal guy" and "just a player like the others".

"It is true that sometimes, there is this image that is a bit too wonderful and a bit too beautiful," he said in a press conference on Sunday at Clairefontaine.

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"But in the end, I am just a normal guy. A player amongst others. There is no need to say I am the kindest, or the nicest. I am just a player like the others. I think that sometimes, it is overblown. It does not need to be.

"It is true that I like to get on well with my team-mates, to have good relationships with people that I come across in the streets and in football. But aside from that, there are other people like that in football.

"We don't need to make a whole story or sometimes exaggerate."

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: NGolo Kante, Chelsea, France

Jack Kenmare
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