N’Golo Kante makes shock decision over Chelsea future
N’GOLO KANTE is available on a free transfer in 2023 when his Blues contract expires.
Negotiations have stalled between Kante and the West Londoners over the length of a potential extension.
The 31-year-old wants a three to four year deal comparable to the one given to new signing Kalidou Koulibaly over the summer.
But, wary of his injury record in recent seasons, Chelsea only want to commit to a two-year deal.
Kante is happy living in London and has even reportedly been offered to Arsenal and Tottenham by his representatives.
But according to French outlet Le10 Sport, his preference would be to stay at Chelsea.
The midfielder has not played since the 2-2 draw with Tottenham on August 14.
He is nearing a return to action, but boss Graham Potter is eager not to rush him.
Ahead of last weekend’s 3-0 win over Wolves, the 47-year-old said: “He’s doing more and more integration with the team. He’s still not ready for the weekend but getting closer.
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“It is what it is, there’s nothing we can do, the injury happened and now it’s about trying to get him back fit and getting him as ready as we can so he can play for a sustained period.
“He’s been in and out with injuries over a period of time so we have to make sure that when he’s back he’s back for good and strong and enjoying his football.
“So there’s no frustration from my perspective, it’s just something we have to deal with.”