N’Golo Kanté Denies Being Threatened With a Gun During Agent Financial Dispute

​Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has denied being threatened with a gun during a dispute with agents over his representation.

Kanté filed a legal complaint against one of his representatives, Nouari Khiari, for ‘fraud’, ‘attempted fraud’ and ‘breach of trust’. Khiari attempted to take €150,000 from Kanté as a severance fee, but continued to demand more money even afterwards.

Later, the midfielder was told that his primary agent Abdelkarim Douis would be killed if he didn’t cut ties with him.


One of Kanté’s former advisors, Rachid Saadna, alleged that his brother was carrying a gun during a meeting over unpaid commissions with the French World Cup winner,.

“Maybe my brother had a weapon,” Saadna told Mediaset, as quoted by the ​Guardian. “My brother came cleverly. He did not come [to exert] violence on a small one. He gave him the choice.”

In the same meeting, Saadna gave ​Kanté an ultimatum, stating: “I give you the choice. You work with a lawyer and you stop working with the other. Listen, I’m not kidding, either you resolve the problem or I kill Karim Douis, period.”

However, while Kanté admits that he did have a discussion with the Saadna brothers, he has denied that he was threatened with the gun and forced to drop Douis, and has found questions over the situation provocative.

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“I find your question tendentious,” he said. “I am a football professional, I do not live in a world of thugs,” he then replied via his lawyer.

“You take me for an immature person,” Kanté continued. “Know that I am responsible, I make my choices freely and in conscience.”

Mediapart claim that neither Kanté nor his agent went to the police about this matter, but that in November 2018, when Chelsea handed the midfielder a new contract, Douis shared the agent commission with Rachid Saadna. 

They add that Houari Saadna refused to answer questions about the alleged threat, and Rachid did not respond to their enquiries.


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