Rio Ferdinand agrees with Emmanuel Petit on N’Golo Kante as Chelsea discover their new ‘MVP’
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has named Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante as ‘the MVP’ of Euro 2020 so far.
Chelsea enjoyed a fairytale ending to the 2020/21 campaign, clinching their second UEFA Champions League trophy after a 1-0 win over Manchester City in Porto last month.
The Blues’ summer has continued to be successful as a number of their players have grabbed headlines at Euro 2020 – with the likes of Kai Havertz, Billy Gilmour, Jorginho and Mason Mount all performing for their respective nations.
However, it is French midfield stalwart N’Golo Kante that has perhaps been the most consistent, registering an impressive eight interceptions and nine tackles across Les Blues’ opening three fixtures.
Kante, who was instrumental in Chelsea’s European glory, has caught the eye of a number of pundits in recent weeks and former England centre-half Rio Ferdinand is the most recent to laud the diminutive midfielder.
“I’d go as far as to say he’s the most valuable player in this tournament, if not in Europe completely,” Ferdinand told the BBC.
“I know we all know him, but there’s elements of his game where he comes out of nowhere because he’s so quick, he anticipates things so well. He’s the MVP.”
Kante starred throughout the group stage, with one of his most notable performances coming against Hungary in Budapest last Saturday.
The tough-tackling midfielder registered nine successful duels, four interceptions and four successful tackles, earning himself considerable plaudits in what was otherwise a lacklustre display from the 2018 World Cup winners.
Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Emmanuel Petit echoed Ferdinand’s comments, championing his work ethic and also his down-to-earth attitude.
“My favourite player is N’Golo Kante. He’s a superstar,” Petit told talkSPORT. “I would love to play with him!
“Oh my God, this is the soul of the team. This guy is a hard worker. This guy is so sweet. He’s not looking for the limelight.
“This guy is the opposite of what we see every single day on social media, on TV, in the newspapers.”
Kante’s France will take on Switzerland on Monday night in the last 16 of the tournament, with the winner facing either Croatia or Spain.