Chelsea legend Makelele names the one thing missing from Kante's game
N’Golo Kante is one of the first names on Chelsea’s teamsheet (Picture: Getty)

N’Golo Kante needs to find his leadership qualities to become an ‘exceptional’ player, according to Claude Makelele.

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The Chelsea legend is continually likened to Kante as the defensive midfielder has helped his new side rise to the top of the Premier League table.

Kante has been heaped with praise since arriving in the summer, but Makelele thinks he is still missing a key component of his game.

‘What I like about him is that he’s very generous,’ Makelele told SFR Sport.

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Chelsea legend Makelele names the one thing missing from Kante's game
Kante is often compared to Claude Makelele (Picture: Getty)

‘He plays with a smile on his face, and that’s an exceptional quality.

‘I really hope he has a better career than mine, but he still needs that leadership.

‘That doesn’t mean be a captain, but to have an aura within the team that when they look at him, they think ‘We’re going to win’ or when he speaks to them, they go ‘You’re right’.

Chelsea legend Makelele names the one thing missing from Kante's game
Kante has missed just one league game this season (Picture: Getty)

‘When he has that aura, he’ll be an exceptional player.

‘That’s when he’ll become a regular for France.’

Chelsea are ten points clear at the summit of the league as they have firmly established themselves as champions-elect.

Chelsea legend Makelele names the one thing missing from Kante's game
Chelsea are top of the Premier League table (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte bought a host of new players last summer including Kante as he has successfully rebuilt and rejuvenated his Chelsea team.

Kante has missed just one game in the league this season, due to suspension and could be the first player to win the title with two different teams back-to-back.

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