Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has stressed he doesn’t want to lose N’Golo Kante in the future, amid speculation linking him with a move away.
According to the Telegraph, the Blues have rejected a bid from Inter Milan for Kante, which was a player-plus cash deal involving Marcelo Brozovic.
The report adds that Italian giants Inter could end up returning with a second approach for the 29-year-old and would try make it an all-cash offer.
Lampard has shared he’s aware of rumours linking Kante with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but has made it clear with his comments he rates him extremely highly and intends to keep him.
“I think pretty much every club in the world would want N’Golo Kante. I see those reports as well. He’s an incredible player,” Lampard told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“I certainly don’t want to lose him, no, he’s fundamental to what I’m trying to do, in terms of, we can obviously talk about the attacking players we have but someone like N’Golo and the work he does in midfield.
“I’m really excited to have him fit. He looks fresh. He looks really fit and fresh at the moment, so no he’s a big deal for me. Of course, I wan’t to keep N’Golo.”
Kante has been one of the standout midfielders in the world since he moved to Stamford Bridge back in 2016 from then-champions Leicester City and he was pivotal in winning Chelsea the title during his first season at the club.
The all-action central midfielder has great energy in the park that helps him cover so much ground and he’s a great protective shield in front of the defence, so it’s no surprise Lampard views him as a key man.
He did have his injury problems last season, making just 28 games across all competitions for the Blues and struggling to really get into his stride.
But Lampard has surely given the French World Cup winner a boost with his latest comments and surely he won’t be on his way out of the club this summer.