Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri says N’Golo Kante would be an ideal signing for Inter Milan amid the Serie A side’s reported interest.
The 29-year-old was untouchable for the title-winning Chelsea side under Antonio Conte.
When Maurizio Sarri came from Napoli, along with Jorginho, Kante’s role shifted from one of double pivot pair to a more advanced box-to-box midfielder.
Kante was still an important player for the Blues under Sarri, but his presence on the pitch was not as impactful as he was when he played alongside Nemanja Matic under Conte.
Then Frank Lampard succeeded Sarri as the manager and practically copied Sarri’s blueprint as he kept Kante as a No.8 throughout the season until the Premier League restart when he deployed Kante at the base of the midfield three for a few games prior to his injury.
Kante has also missed almost fifty percent of Chelsea games under Lampard due to injuries.
According to a report from Goal, Kante and Lampard do not really have any plan to part ways this summer, but a large offer from Inter Milan could tempt the club to cash in on him after an injury-hit season.
Former Chelsea boss Ranieri who helped propelled Kante’s career at Leicester City has had his say about Inter’s reported interest in Kante.
The Sampdoria manager told Gazzetta dello Sport: “He’d be an excellent acquisition, certainly for the Nerazzurri, but in general for Italian football too.
“Kante is a perpetual motion. He’s generous, good at winning back the ball, but he also has quality, even if he’s not a creative midfielder by any means.
“It’s rare you see him misplace a pass, largely because he always maintains such concentration all the way through.”