'He is a world-class player': Graham Potter raves about £30m man who could reportedly leave Chelsea soon

Graham Potter has called Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante a “world-class player”, which comes at the same time he’s linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Kante, who’s been one of the world’s best midfielders for some time now, really is a unique talent.

The £30million Frenchman has achieved so much in the game now for both club and country with his freakish stamina, athleticism and ball-playing qualities in the centre of the park.

However, the 31-year-old’s deal in West London does expire at the end of the season. He’s now linked with a Chelsea exit soon, too.

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The Daily Mail report this week that Chelsea could lose Kante next summer for free because talks over a new contract are stalling.

They add the central midfielder wants a four-year deal at the Bridge, but the club are only willing to offer him a two-year deal with the option of a third.

There’s been some mixed decisions from the club in recent years when it comes to handing out long-term deals to played aged 30+, so let’s wait and see what the new hierarchy want to do.

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Potter called Kante a world-class player

Chelsea’s coach Potter highlighted the significance of Kante to the XI in a press conference yesterday.

“It’s hard to replace someone like NG (Kante) – he is a world-class player – and any team that loses him will suffer a little bit,” Potter said, as quoted by Football London.

Most Chelsea fans would surely love to see Kante tied down to a new long-term deal. It’s understandable that the club are factoring in his poor record when it comes to injuries in the last few years, though.

His bad luck with injuries has continued into this season, starting just two games across all competitions. He’s not available for tonight’s Champions League tie with AC Milan, but it’s at least positive to see him training again.

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