Monday Jun 15, 2020. 12:00
Mali international Diadie Samassekou has explained why he is inspired by French star N’Golo Kante.
Kante was born in the capital city of France, Paris, to Malian parents 29-years-ago and he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
TSG Hoffenheim star Samassekou, who is also a defensive midfielder by trade, is a fan of Chelsea midfield maestro Kante.
“Now, when I see what [Kante] is doing, [I can say] he’s an inspiration for me, of course,” Samassekou told Goal.
“He was only known late, so when he was playing in the Premier League, with Leicester City, I was already in Europe.
“I wouldn’t say he’s a role model, but he makes me proud because his style of play is not so far from mine, mine is not so far from his, and I’m happy that he comes from my country.”
The 24-year-old player went on to disclose that legendary Malian midfielders Mahamadou Diarra and Seydou Keita are his role models.
“[My role models] start with the players from my country, Mahamadou Diarra and Seydou Keita,” Samassekou continued.
“They have done a great job for the country, and also the African image in Europe.
“We also have other good midfielders like Michael Essien, who showed how the midfielder’s spirit should be,” he added.
“There are a lot of players. I’ve had a lot of idols from teenage years till now, and I’m trying to follow in their steps.”