Giggs wanted Man United to sign Kante last summer

Matt Stead

Ryan Giggs has admitted that he had hoped Manchester United would sign N’Golo Kante from Leicester last summer.

Kante was integral in inspiring the Foxes to a memorable Premier League title-winning campaign in 2015/16, and was wanted by numerous clubs last summer.

Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal attempted to sign him, but it was Chelsea who won the race for his signature.

He has once again been one of the key performers in the Blues’ charge to the top of the table, and is on course to win back-to-back top-flight titles with different clubs – the first player to do so since Eric Cantona in the early 1990s.

Giggs, who left his role as Manchester United assistant manager upon Jose Mourinho’s appointment, admits that he wanted the club to sign the Frenchman.

‘All I can say is that last season I hoped United would sign Kante, and in the end his buy-out clause looked very good value at £29million,’ he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

‘Kante hunts the ball down. He is so quick to cover space, get to the ball and make the tackle. I have played against that kind of opponent over the years. They are a nightmare – you cannot shake them off.’