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N'Golo Kante proud to face Riyah Mahrez in final

N' Golo Kante is proud to be up against former team-mate Riyad Mahrez in the Champions League final.

The duo were part of Leicester's famous Premier League title-winning team of 2016 but will be on opposite sides in tonight's (29.05.21) European showpiece between Chelsea and Manchester City with Kante realising that it will be an "exceptional" occasion.

The French midfielder told UEFA.com: "We’ve spoken about it. We both realise that it’s exceptional.

"It’s taken a lot of work from before being in Ligue 2 until now, and a lot of perseverance on the pitch and in training.

"So to be playing a match like this is fantastic. But we both want to win, so we won’t be friendly on the pitch.

"I hope it works out for me, and he’s hoping it’ll work out for him, of course!"

Kante has proved a star in Premier League and World Cup wins for club and country and he is amazed to have reached the highest level of the game.

He said: "I didn’t know how far I could go; I just wanted to turn pro and do my best. To have got where I am today with Chelsea and to be lucky enough to play in a Champions League final, bearing in mind everything that’s happened in the meantime, is amazing.

"That said, it’s happened little by little, season after season, with wins, with losses, with joy and with disappointment. It’s shaped me as a player, and I think that it’s helped me become the player that I am today."

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