N'Golo Kante is set to play a key role for Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea during their Champions League final against Manchester City – just six years after he left Caen for Leicester.
The World Cup winning France star has proved himself to be one of the best midfielders on the planet since helping the Foxes to their historic title upset before moving to west London.
The 30-year-old has added another league title as well as three cups to his trophy cabinet since the £32m switch, helping them into the final of Europe's premier club competition this season.
Having been fondly described as a "little ratter" for his break-up play before joining Leicester, Tuchel looks set to hand him a starring role in Lisbon on Saturday evening.
Leicester talent-spotter David Mills has spoken about his role in the move to England to the Sun, explaining how he stood out.
He said: “I’d gone to Caen to watch a centre-half and this little lad in midfield towered over everyone, despite being just 5ft 6in. It was a case of, ‘Who’s nicked the ball there? Kante. Who’s made that tackle? Kante. Who’s poked that ball away? Oh, Kante again’."
Before adding: "I described him as a little ratter, which doesn’t sound flattering but I meant it as a compliment. With so many Premier League teams counter-attacking, he was ideally suited to halting breakaways.”
As well as Edouard Mendy, Kante had been an injury doubt going into the final, with Tuchel describing the update over their fitness as the "best news ever".
"It is the best news ever, no injuries and I hope it stays like this until after the training today," Tuchel told reporters ahead of the showpiece.
Before adding of the mood in camp: "I would say I have full trust in everybody once it is about hunger, always on the highest level in sport it comes down to the question of how badly do you want it.
"But I felt us very concentrated, very focused, very disciplined in the build-up of this week.
"I feel us with genuine confidence, which is very nice to have, and a very nice feeling to arrive in a final with. We had two training sessions in London, one yesterday we did a bit of a tactical session because today is live.
"So today is the last training, to find out the last details, get the last feeling and more importantly for the players to get a feeling about the stadium.
"Feel it, smell it, and then the occasion is coming closer. And from dinner today we will have a countdown with two meetings tomorrow, and the big match coming up."
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