N’Golo Kante swaps beloved Mini for Mercedes as he drives to Chelsea training in stunning new motor – The Sun

N'GOLO KANTE has finally treated himself to a flashy footballer's car – swapping his Mini for a brand new Mercedes.

The Chelsea midfielder, who turned up for testing at the beginning of the week before being allowed compassionate leave due to his fears over coronavirus, is considered one of the most down to earth stars in the world.

And a part of that was down to the fact he kept hold of the Mini Cooper he bought when he arrived at Leicester in 2015.

There were reports the Frenchman initially started off RUNNING to Foxes training before being told he needed to drive.

So he went for a modest Mini for around £20,000 and clearly fell in love with the British classic.

The original one he picked up has been shipped back to France so he can drive it when he goes home while he bought an identical model after signing for Chelsea in 2016.

Even after a minor crash with a lorry on the King's Road in Chelsea, he carried on with the Mini, even turning up to Cobham with a dented front wheel arch.

But it appears lockdown has given Kante time to decide upon a well-earned upgrade as he returned after the coronavirus break driving a Mercedes on Tuesday.

He has, after all, won the World Cup, two Premier Leagues, the FA Cup, the Europa League and in 2017 was named player of the year by the Premier League, PFA and FWA.

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N’Golo Kante back at Chelsea for more tests after club allowed midfielder time off due to coronavirus fears – The Sun

N'GOLO KANTE was back at Chelsea today for a second day of testing – a day after being given compassionate leave due to his fears over coronavirus.

The midfielder was pictured leaving the Blues' Cobham base on Thursday afternoon after being told he could train from home on Wednesday.

Kante, 29, joined Chelsea’s first training ground session on Tuesday after testing negative for coronavirus.

He looked to be in good spirits as he sported a new haircut.

And Kante, widely regarded as the nicest man in football, even rocked up to Cobham in a shiny new Mercedes instead of his classic Mini.

But Frank Lampard gave the star his blessing to continue working out from home a day later.

Kante’s father passed away when he was just 11 years old.

And the World Cup winner also lost older brother Niama to a heart attack.

Kante himself fainted in front of teammates at the training ground two years ago.

And he was understood to have concerns about the safety of going back to duty.

Kante wasn’t the only star seen leaving Chelsea’s base today.

Olivier Giroud looked cool as a cucumber as he sped off in a jet-black Ferrari.

Mason Mount and Reece James both flashed thumbs-up as they headed home.

And even Willian showed off his signature hand gesture from behind the wheel.

But Fikayo Tomori was in full concentration mode as he left for day.

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