Former Brazilian defender Felipe Saad played for two seasons with N'Golo Kanté in Caen and has since built a strong bond with the French midfielder. And days after Kanté became champion of the Champions League with Chelsea after beating Manchester City and being one of the great figures of the team, a statement from Saad came to light that filled everyone with sadness for the hard childhood that Kanté had to live.
"The NG [nickname derived from the initials of his name] is one of the best hearts I know. It is a profile that no longer exists in football. That is why it is unanimous among the players. Inside the dressing room, it's like you see. on television: he always has a shy smile on his face and almost never speaks. It is a well of humility", Saad told "Blog do Rafael Reis".
The two met in 2013, when they both came to Caen to compete in the French second division. The difference is that the Brazilian was used to playing for the country's elite, while Kanté was getting the "career opportunity" after starting in the local "Serie C".
"From the beginning, I already took him under my wing. In September, I called him for my birthday. The party was small, there were only two or three players left, and it was at an English restaurant. Suddenly he came to the restaurant. With a box of chocolates in hand, all embarrassed. The NG apologized for the gift and said he didn't know what to give because he had never been invited to a birthday before", he recalled with tears in his eyes.