Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is out of contract in the summer but the Frenchman has hinted at signing a new deal at the club.
He’s been riddled with constant injury problems this season and he’s missed as many as 38 games due to various injury setbacks. At the start of this season, he had sustained a hamstring injury which kept him on the sidelines for 189 days.
The 32-year-old is going to be a free agent in the next few weeks and Arsenal along with Barcelona want to sign him up. It’s still unclear if the new Chelsea manager will offer him a new contract or not but Kante has already hinted that he is ready to put pen to paper.
Kante told Sky Sports(h/t Mail): ‘For sure. It’s an exciting project for the club.
‘Unfortunately, this season hasn’t been to Chelsea’s standards. But everyone wants to go in this way, the way of success and winning titles.
‘I hope this club will again fight in this direction. Let’s see where I will be but I hope that this is a change for the club, that is most important.’
Should Chelsea hold onto to N’Golo Kante?
Kante’s stock might have fallen but as a free agent, the 32-year-old can be a great signing for Arsenal or Barcelona. Injury prone or not but both the interested clubs will definitely try and bring him on board and we think, Chelsea shouldn’t make the mistake of holding onto him.
At his peak, N’Golo Kante was one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but injuries have totally ruined his consistency. He can definitely play the odd game here and there but it doesn’t make sense to offer him a new contract.
Chelsea have signed Enzo Fernandez plus they have players like Gallagher and Mateo Kovacic. Also, the Blues have a massive squad so a lot of the existing deadwoods will have to be sold to be able to balance their books.
If he had one or two years left on his contract then it would have made sense to run down his deal but it’s absolutely not rational to offer an ageing midfielder a fresh deal.
Kante is in the twilight of his professional career so the Blues should part ways with him and focus on his other half-a-dozen midfielders. When fully fit, he can still do a fair bit but that is not an excuse to offer him a new deal and keep paying him £200,000 to £250,000 per week.