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French President Emmanuel Macron backs N’Golo Kante to win the Golden Ball and calls the Chelsea star “an example for the country” after visiting the Blues ahead of Euro 2020 as he urges them to bring back the home trophy
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French President Emmanuel Macron has become lyrical about his compatriot N’Golo Kante ahead of Euro 2020 – supporting him to win the Ballon D’or prize and calling him an “example” for the nation.
Didier Deschamp’s men are preparing for their tournament opener against Germany on Tuesday and this week they were visited by Macron, who delivered a few words of wisdom to the players and coaches as they tried to win a second consecutive trophy.
The 2018 World Cup winners are seen as the main contenders for Euro this summer, along with some of the best players in the world – and Macron believes Kante deserves to be recognized as the best of the best after a superb season that s ‘ended with him lifting the Champions League.
French President Emmanuel Macron backed Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to win Ballon d’Or
Macron met the France team at Clairefontaine this week to cheer them on
Macron also praised PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, saying he and Kante represented “values of effort, solidarity and loyalty.”
“N’Golo Kante is a great player, like Kylian Mbappe and he’s an example,” he told RMC Sport, via ESPN. He is an example for the youth of the country.
“When we see the season that Kante had with his club, and I hope the Ballon d’Or too and I’m sure what he will do in this Euros.
“He and Kylian are also good people, with values of effort and unity. They are loyal to the clubs where they come from. And I think it’s very important for the country because sport is always bigger than sport.
He said Kante was “an example for the country” after winning the Champions League trophy
Macron also reserved praise for Kylian Mbappe (L), saying he was ‘important’ for the country
Macron, who also joked with Kanté asking him if he “still had three lungs”, was accompanied by his wife Brigitte for his team visit to Clairefontaine as he urged the team to “go to the end” and to go further than Euro 2016 – when they lost in the final against Portugal.
“You don’t have to prove anything, you are very great players,” he said. ‘But don’t give up… and until the last minute.’
While the president’s visit will have boosted the morale of the team, there have been tensions in the group after a feud between Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Macron talks to French coach Didier Deschamps during his day at France’s base camp
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He urged the Blues to “go all the way” and never give up as they try to win another trophy
The Chelsea forward had criticized Mbappe’s performance in their 3-0 win over Bulgaria, expressing his frustrations at the lack of passes received from his teammates.
“Sometimes you go shopping and the ball just doesn’t come,” he told media. “Maybe we could have found each other better, here we are.
Giroud – who came off the bench to score twice late – reportedly apologized to Mbappe in training on Thursday and admitted his words “ran away with him”. RMC claims to have forced a huge on PSG, who remained “in a bad mood”.
Manager Deschamps, who has reportedly called a meeting to tell the squad to move forward as the breakup could affect them ahead of the tournament, has sought to calm things down between the two after the game against Bulgaria.
“If you got the ball after every call, it’s still the same,” he said. “The striker says, ‘I’m racing, but it’s in the middle of the field. Midfielders will say it’s about forwards.
“Sometimes the pass doesn’t come, sometimes it’s due to movement. But that’s not a stigma of Kylian or anyone else.