Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante wanted to play for Mali before France call-up

Chelsea star N’Golo Kante decided he wanted to represent Mali at international level last season, according to former Leicester assistant boss Steve Walsh.

Kante has racked up 13 caps for France since his Les Bleus debut less than a year ago but there was a stage during the Foxes’ title-winning season when he questioned whether he’d get into Didier Deschamps’ team.

His doubts were so great that he told Walsh he wanted to play for Mali – despite France’s far greater potential to challenge for major honours.

“I want to play for Mali, my parents are from Mali,”

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