Michael Ballack has praised Chelsea‘s decision to bring in N’Golo Kante and has admitted he can see similarities between the ex-Leicester City midfielder and his former team-mate Claude Makelele.
Michael Ballack played alongside Makelele at Stamford Bridge for two seasons, and the once Germany captain believes that Kante can help give Chelsea the right balance between defence and attack in the same manner that Makelele did.
“Also, when I saw him play for the French team, he reminds me a bit of Claude Makelele in his style of play.
“I think he could give that team a solid basis which is necessary for the right balance of the team in terms of offensive and defensive.
“He’s the right player, he seems the right player, he’s a good buy but still he has to deliver and he has to show that also to adapt to a bigger club and bigger expectations which is not easy. But I think on paper it’s a good signing.”
Michael Ballack is not the only person to make comparisons between Kante and Makelele with many pundits and fans alike often talking up the similarities between the two share. But Chelsea’s new signing has been quick to dismiss such.
“‘There have been a lot of French midfielders at Chelsea, but they did it their way and I do it my way and I hope I can do good things at Chelsea,” Kante told Chelsea’s official website.
“I saw Claude Makelele play in the French national team but before when he played at a club I didn’t watch him a lot. I can’t be the same as another player. I am just my way and I will try to improve on that at Chelsea.”