Journalist David Ornstein has said Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante won’t leave Stamford Bridge this summer despite reported interest from Manchester United.
The 29-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge is an interesting case.
He was widely regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world a few seasons ago, helping both Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to the Premier League title. However, his form has fallen away under Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.
System changes and injuries have obviously played a big role in that and there have been rumours of interest in the midfielder from several clubs, including Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Considering his age, this summer would arguably be Chelsea’s best chance to make big money from Kante’s sale. However, The Athletic journalist Ornstein claims the midfield dynamo is staying in west London.
He told Tifo Podcast’s YouTube channel: “I don’t think we should be getting too excited about the prospect of N’Golo Kante signing for Manchester United before the deadline.
“I don’t think he will be leaving Chelsea – full stop.”
Ornstein said “if” Kante was to leave, staying in the Premier League would be a preferred option at his age, but neither Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich nor manager Frank Lampard have any intention of selling the France international.
“We have got no evidence that he is available [on the market],” Ornstein added.
“Frank Lampard has spoken glowingly about how important he is to his squad.
“And, to my understanding, Roman Abramovich loves N’Golo Kante and when he loves a player, he doesn’t want to let them go.
“Kante, furthermore, isn’t the sort of player who would rock the boat if he feels loved and being part of the plan.”