‘A big fan’: Potter keen to see injured Chelsea star, his contract situation is in the air - journalist

Journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that Graham Potter is a long-time admirer of N’golo Kante, and looks forward to working with him when he returns to fitness.

The Frenchman has been absent from the squad since the second game of the season, where he picked up an injury in the draw against Tottenham.

The 31-year-old was enjoying a stellar display at the time, where his ball-winning abilities were on display to the highest degree.

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His absence has left the Blues midfield far weaker in the weeks since that game, with it being the notable disappointing area due to injuries and suspensions.

Conor Gallagher was sent off in the home game against Leicester City, and has struggled this season as Thomas Tuchel has attempted to deploy him in a position suited to Kante, which he is not so perfect for.

Potter admires Kante

Jacobs has claimed that although Potter is keen to see the Frenchman play first-hand, he is still currently some way away from signing a new contract at the club.

He said: “Suitors aware that Graham Potter’s arrival may change the Kante situation, although currently no contract extension is close. Potter has always been a big fan of Kante from afar and now keen to assess his form and role when fit.

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“Kante one of the highest earners at the club, which complicates matters. Midfield incomings in January will naturally influence the situation, too.”

The Blues are reportedly interested in the signing of Edson Alvarez in January, with the Blues trying to bring the Mexican in from Ajax on deadline day of the last transfer window.

They also hold an interest in Jude Bellingham, and although they will face stiff competition from Europe’s elite clubs, he is one of the only candidates in the who would be an appropriate replacement for Kante.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.