N’Golo Kante is reportedly content at Stamford Bridge and will only leave Chelsea if they push for a sale, with Barcelona and Real Madrid each said to be interested in a transfer.
Kante, 29, joined the Blues from Leicester City in 2016 and has worked out as a bargain buy at £32 million. He won the Premier League in his first campaign at the club and has been one of their most consistent figures despite playing under three different managers in four seasons.
Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella reported only a move to one of Spain’s two heavyweights would interest Kante, but Chelsea would have to inform him of their plans to sell in advance.
Barcelona are understood to be willing to offer Philippe Coutinho in part-exchange for the Frenchman, while Los Blancos are seeking an alternative to engine-room general Casemiro.
The anchor joined Leicester from Caen in 2015 and was instrumental to the Foxes’ historic Premier League title success the following year, per Goal:
Tom Worville and Liam Twomey of The Athletic wrote earlier in April that it “could make logical sense” to sell Kante at this point. The midfielder recently turned 29 and missed around half of Chelsea’s games (19) this term due to injury, while there’s also room to argue he doesn’t fit in Frank Lampard’s 4-3-3 formation.
Many Blues fans will be elated to hear such a valuable player is happy to remain in west London for the foreseeable future, with three years left to run on his contract as things stand.
Lampard will have one eye on the development of 18-year-old Billy Gilmour as he looks to shape his midfield for the future, though it appears Kante wants to remain part of that setup as long as he’s wanted.