Kante is once again emerging as one of the players of the season under Antonio Conte as the Blues edge closer to the Premier League title.
The 25-year-old joined Chelsea in the summer for £32million and has formed an impressive partnership with Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park.
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Matic struggled last season under Jose Mourinho but has looked rejuvenated alongside his French team-mate.
And Wilkins believes Kante has had a major impact on Matic and is on course to surpass the achievements of Makelele.
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante
He told Sky Sports: "N'Golo Kante has brought out the best in Nemanja Matic. We're seeing performing to a really high level again.
"The one thing Kante has over Claude Makelele is his range of passing.
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"There was a pass on Saturday against Arsenal where he broke and crashed a 60-yard pass to Eden Hazard – I wouldn't have seen Makelele do that.
"I think he could be better than Makelele."