Kante ‘wants to stay at Chelsea as he hopes to secure new long term contract’


N’Golo Kante wants to stay at Chelsea but he wants assurances in the form of a long term contract.

Kante, whose deal expires at the end of this season, has been linked with a summer move to PSG after contact negotiations with Chelsea stalled.

The midfielder will be free to talk to other clubs come January but Mercato report that his heart is set on staying at Stamford Bridge.

It is understood Kante is seeking a longer contract similar to the four years handed to Kalidou Koulibaly, also 31, in the summer.

The player and his family are said to be very happy in London and the player does not wish to disturb that.

Yet Chelsea, who are taking his injury record into account, are believed to have offered a two-year deal with the option of a third.

It is a headache for the Todd Boehly regime, who are mindful of how many matches he has missed. Kante has started only 20, 24 and 21 games in each of the last three Premier League seasons, largely due to muscular problems.

Yet when fit, few footballers are as devastatingly effective as Kante, who finished fifth in the 2021 Ballon d’Or in the midst of those injury-restricted campai

Speaking on Tuesday at his press conference, Potter said: ‘My focus is to help him rehabilitate in a good way so he is available for us. When on the pitch, he is a huge asset for us. The other stuff (contract talks) is between the club and him.

‘My focus is to help him get fit and enjoying his football. There are not many players in world football like him, so the quicker he is back for us the better. That is where I leave my focus.’

Kante joined for £30million in 2016 after turning into a superstar at Leicester. Since then he has amassed a vast trophy collection, winning the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, Super Cup and Club World Club with Chelsea and the World Cup with France.


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