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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante sues former agent for fraud

November 28, 2019
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office says France midfielder N’Golo Kante has filed a lawsuit against his former image agent, citing fraud and breach of trust.

The complaint filed this week by the Chelsea midfielder against Nouari Khiari also includes “attempted fraud” and “illegal exercise of the profession of sports agent.”

According to L’Equipe newspaper, which first reported the story, Kante was introduced to Khiari by friends and family members. The pair started their working relationship in July 2016 but tensions quickly arose and Kante decided to put an end to their partnership a year later, accepting to pay 150,000 euros for Khiari to severe their professional ties.

According to the sports daily, Kante claims that his former associate kept all the copies of their deal and later pressured him to get more money.

Another cause for their deteriorated relationship was Khiari’s attempts to influence Kante’s career choices. L’Equipe said the agent tried to convince Kante to move away from Chelsea during the 2018 summer to join Real Madrid.

“I was too kind,” Kante told L’Equipe. “I wanted to believe in this person’s honesty and sincerity. But he was only driven by the financial aspects.”

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