N’Golo Kante’s contract at Chelsea is set to expire at the end of the season. The France international has played a key role in Chelsea’s success in recent years. The team’s performance going down at the same time he was injured shows how important Kante is.
Kante suffered a serious injury and could not attend the biggest football festival on the planet. Kante’s absence is considered one of the reasons why the French team cannot lock Lionel Messi in the 2022 World Cup final.
Notably, Kante is currently missing from the Chelsea squad. Coach Graham Potter confirmed the shocking news that the former Leicester City midfielder could only return to training at the end of February, or even the beginning of March.
At that time, the Blues must definitely find a replacement. This is very necessary in the context that the Stamford Bridge team is playing in a less convincing form. More importantly, however, Kante is about to leave Chelsea.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said Kante will leave the London capital team at the end of the season. Losing the French star, especially on a free transfer, will be another shock for Chelsea fans. In fact, the possibility of Kante leaving the Stamford Bridge team is greater than ever.
The Athletic also confirmed that Kante repeatedly turned down offers of a contract extension from Chelsea. Journalist David Ornstein revealed that the Blues gave Kante a two-year contract, with an option to extend for another year. However, Kante is looking for a longer-term deal.
Sources claim that many clubs, including some representatives from the Premier League, are interested in signing Kante if his contract expires. At that time, Kante could leave Chelsea at the end of the season.
Chelsea are reluctant to offer Kante a long-term contract, due to his age and recent injury, so if the two sides cannot come to an agreement, the Stamford Bridge team could lose the 31-year-old.
Finding a new stop is probably not difficult for Kante. Even 31 years old is not too old for a professional player. However, Kante is facing the risk of early retirement. A persistent injury could be a major slap in the face of the 2018 World Cup winner’s ambitions to return to the top.
Former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf admitted: “It feels like Kante is about to end his career. We have to understand that we are talking about a person. Suddenly your body says enough, leave me alone.
Ending a career is also part of a career, and you have to choose the right time to quit. Even if you don’t want to and no matter how great your football is.”
Things no longer go according to Kante’s plan. It is a regret for one of the best midfielders in history.
Xiao Lam | 07:21 December 25, 2022