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Kante the budget star


N’GOLO KANTE is on the verge of inspiring back-to-back Premier League title wins with different clubs. Yet on a recent trip back to watch his former team Leicester in the Champions League, Kante stayed in a budget hotel and travelled standard class on the train. He drives a Mini and lives alone in a small rented flat. Quite unlike your stereotype flash football superstar. AS the sports governance code comes into force today, its two major enforcers, Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch and Sport England chairman Nick Bitel, are not singing from the same hymn sheet. Crouch could not speak highly enough of FA chairman Greg Clarke’s role in bringing to the table FA reforms his predecesso­rs could not get near to delivering. Yet Bitel is more concerned about whether Clarke, who joined the FA shortly after leaving the Football League, fulfils the independen­t director code criteria. ‘We cannot waiver our approach just because Greg has done a good job,’ said Bitel. ENGLAND batting prodigy Haseeb Hameed has joined agent Luke Sutton’s Activate Management stable that also looks after Jimmy Anderson. WEMBLEY have fallen well behind schedule in completing nearly £10m worth of repairs to the roof with original contractor­s Multiplex paying most of the bill. c.sale@dailymail.co.uk and twitter.com/charliesal­e

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