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Arsene Wenger reveals past transfer interest in Leicester’s ‘amazing’ unsung hero

PUBLISHED: 07:15 14 February 2016

Ngolo Kante of Leicester City (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Ngolo Kante of Leicester City (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he has been tracking the progress of Leicester midfielder for many years.

The Gunners host the Foxes on Sunday in a mouthwatering top-of-the-table clash.

Leicester are five points clear of Arsenal and rivals Spurs at the top of the Premier League after they beat fellow title hopefuls Manchester City 3-1 away from home last weekend.

Star men Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have drawn the plaudits all season for their goalscoring exploits but central midfielder N’Golo Kante has been just as impressive in his first season in the Premier League.

Ahead of the game at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger admitted that Kante is a player he has been tracking throughout the 24-year-old’s career in France.

“Kante is a huge force in that team,” Wenger said. “I know him well.

“If you look at his career you will be amazed. He played for Suresnes in Paris at the age of nine or 10, went to Boulogne and they didn’t want to sign him as a pro. He went to Caen and then finally came to England.

“But everywhere he went he always adapted to the level.

“One of my best friends has known Kante since he was 10 years old and he has spoken to me about him. We went to watch him and we saw he had quality but I didn’t know that he would come to England so quickly.”

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