'His priority': Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea player whose deal runs out next year has always wanted to stay

N’Golo Kante’s priority has reportedly always been to stay at Chelsea, albeit the club’s ownership saga means he’s waiting patiently to resolve his future.

Well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano explains on his YouTube channel that Kante’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires next year in the 2023 summer window.

It is explained the 30-year-old’s previously been informed by the Blues they want to reward him with an improved contract, but the club has been turned upside down in the last week by government sanctions imposed on current owner Roman Abramovich.

Romano details Kante’s not causing any problems about his future and is waiting to see how the takeover story plays out. In addition, the French midfielder has always had it in his mind he wants to stay where he is with the London club.

For now, Chelsea aren’t allowed to discuss new contracts, transfer incomings or transfer outgoings.

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Thomas Tuchel, along with his Blues squad, are waiting for some news to hear a change of owner has been agreed and approved by the government.

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Hopefully, new buyers arrive imminently and have time to clean up the mess of current deals expiring this summer.

Beyond that the future of Kante should be one of the main priorities, though.

The box-to-box central midfielder may now pick up the odd injury, but there still isn’t anyone like him in the game when he’s at his very best.

It was only last year he was a colossus in Chelsea’s Champions League campaign that ended up with them as champions.

He’s still got the knack this campaign of changing a game by himself, so his long-term future needs securing when possible.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.