France manager Didier Deschamps has praised Chelsea for allowing N’Golo Kante to miss training sessions at Cobham due to coronavirus fears.
The 29-year-old was seen on the first day of Chelsea’s stage one training sessions, where the players trained in small groups last Tuesday, May 19.
But Kante has since been granted compassionate leave, as the French international did not feel comfortable and safe to train amid the pandemic.
France boss Deschamps has come out and shown his support for his national team star.
He told Le Parisien: “Not only do I understand it, but I find the case of (N’Golo Kante) exemplary.
“N’Golo is whole, natural. He always has a smile.
“He has expressed his feelings. I told him, ‘respect’.”
The former Blues man also praised Chelsea over their full support of Kante, saying: “It is good that his club heard him and granted him his wish. You have to take into account the feelings of the players.
“Football is their job and their passion. They have ‘ants on their legs’ but they cannot live the current situation in a carefree manner, without being worried.
“If the club which is the employer demands that they come to train, it is complicated for them not to perform.”