N’Golo Kante ‘closes in on new three-year deal at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea contract talks progress’… with Blues star ‘remaining in London’ despite club record £107m for the capture of defensive midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
- Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is set to sign a new contract with the club until 2026.
- He has been a crucial first-team player since arriving from Leicester City in 2016
- The French star is on the verge of returning from his long-term hamstring injury
N’Golo Kante is on the verge of signing a three-year contract extension with Chelsea, according to reports.
The Blues midfielder has attracted interest from top European clubs, including Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, ahead of his contract expiring this summer, but talks with Chelsea are believed to have advanced significantly in recent days.
Kante, who has been injured for much of this season and missed France’s World Cup campaign in Qatar last year, has returned to Chelsea training and hopes to be back in full action next month.
The 31-year-old has been a crucial part of Chelsea’s first team since arriving from Leicester for £32m in 2016, helping the Blues to the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy during his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge so far.
N’Golo Kante is reportedly on the verge of signing a three-year contract extension with Chelsea
The Frenchman’s return to fitness would be a major boost for boss Graham Potter
Chelsea are reportedly hopeful the 2018 World Cup winner will sign a new contract before the end of the season, fending off interest from suitors ahead of this summer.
According to French newspaper Foot Mercato, he is set to sign a new contract with the club until the end of the 2025-26 season.
Having spent over £600million in two transfer windows this season, Chelsea have made several additions to Graham Potter’s squad and this has left fans wondering about Kante’s future at Stamford Bridge.
In particular, defensive midfielder Enzo Fernandes signed for a British record fee of £107m in January, adding stiff competition to Kante’s usual position in front of the back four.
Potter, who is under increasing pressure following Chelsea’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Tottenham last weekend, could well try to handle both Fernandez and Kante in a double pivot together, but with his team don’t have a goal, he may feel compelled to add an extra one. creative player in his midfield.
According to the Italian journalist Fabrizio RomanoKante wants to stay in west London because of his ‘love for the club’.
Kante is expected to return to action next month after a long-term hamstring injury
Defensive midfielder Enzo Fernandez signed for a British record fee of £107m in January
Romano claims his positive feelings towards Chelsea are a key factor in the negotiation.
Chelsea travel to Elland Road to face Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday, with Potter’s side 14 points off the top four in 10th place.
Potter will be hoping to have Kante available ahead of Chelsea’s crucial Champions League last-16 second leg against Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund won the first leg 1-0 at home thanks to Karim-David Adeyemi’s second-half goal.