|Full name||José Kanté Martínez|
|Date of birth||27 September 1990|
|Place of birth||Sabadell, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
(on loan from Legia Warsaw)
|2019–||→ Gimnàstic (loan)||8||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018
Born in Sabadell, Province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Kanté only played lower league or amateur football in his country of birth initially, representing CE Manresa, UE Rubí, AE Prat (all in his native region) and Atlético Malagueño. He scored his first goal in Segunda División B while at the service of the third club, in a 2–1 away win against CF Badalona on 11 November 2012.
In June 2014, Kanté signed with Cypriot First Division side AEK Larnaca FC, where he shared teams with a host of compatriots. He played his first top flight game on 31 August of that year, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–2 home loss to APOEL FC.
Kanté moved to the Polish Ekstraklasa in January 2016, going on to remain several years in the country with Górnik Zabrze and Wisła Płock. In the 2016–17 season he scored ten goals, helping to a final ninth-place finish.
Of Guinean descent, Kanté opted to represent that nation even though he did not speak French nor any of the local dialects when he was first summoned by manager Kanfory Lappé Bangoura in October 2016. He earned his first cap the following 13 November, playing 25 minutes in a 1–2 home defeat against DR Congo for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
As of 16 October 2018. Scores and results list Guinea's goal tally first:
|1.||16 October 2018||Stade Régional Nyamirambo, Kigali, Rwanda||Rwanda||1–0||1–1||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
- "Conociendo al Spanish Larnaca" [Meeting Spanish Larnaca] (in Spanish). Vavel. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "José Kanté Martínez, sisena incorporació a l'AE Prat" [José Kanté Martínez, sixth addition to AE Prat]. La Premsa del Baix (in Catalan). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "El Prat confirma el retorn de José Kanté" [Prat confirm the return of José Kanté] (in Catalan). AE Prat. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "El Atlético Malagueño se refuerza con José Kante" [Atlético Malagueño bolster with José Kante] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Un Badalona poco peligroso pierde contra el Prat" [Tame Badalona lose against Prat]. El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). 13 November 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Jose Kante fitxa per l´AEK Larnaca de Xipre i Putxi marxa a l´Europa" [Jose Kante signs for AEK Larnaca of Cyprus and Putxi goes to Europa] (in Catalan). Regiò 7. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Oficjalnie: Jose Kante Martinez w Górniku Zabrze" [Official: Jose Kante Martinez to Górnik Zabrze] (in Polish). Sportowe Fakty. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Jose Kante podpisał kontrakt z Wisłą Płock" [José Kante signed contract with Wisła Płock] (in Polish). Sport.onet. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Sezon 2016/17" [2016/17 season] (in Polish). 90 Minut. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "Jose Kante podpisał kontrakt z Legią" [Jose Kante signed a contract with Legia] (in Polish). Legia Warsaw. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
- "Kanté llega cedido del Legia de Varsovia" [Kanté arrives on loan from Legia Warsaw] (in Spanish). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
- "Lappé-Martinez Kanté: Dialogue de sourd, langage mimique, intégration qui nécessite assez d'efforts" [Lappé-Martinez Kanté: Deaf men talking, sign language, hard-pressed integration.] (in French). Guinée Foot. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- "Russie 2018 – Guinée-RD Congo: Deuxième défaite du Syli national devant la RD Congo" [Russia 2018 – Guinea-DR Congo: Second loss for Syli national team against DR Congo.] (in French). Guinée Foot. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- "J. Kanté – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 October 2018.