Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante’s current trajectory will see him head into the summer as a free agent, with no agreement of an extension so far between player or club.
What’s the word?
That is according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who issued an update on the current situation regarding the France international at Stamford Bridge.
Taking to Twitter page, the Italian said: “There’s still no agreement between Chelsea and N’Golo Kanté to sign new contract. He’s happy in London — but there’s nothing agreed.
“Feeling is that Kanté has serious chances to leave as free agent in June — also up to new directors.”
For Kante, the situation appears to be somewhat out of his hands at the moment, in what is a scenario which could not have come at a worse time for the injury-prone 31-year-old.
The Chelsea midfielder has made just two appearances in the current Premier League campaign due to injury and has not been at Graham Potter’s disposal so far for that reason, despite the former Brighton boss taking over at the Chelsea helm around a month and a half ago.
With the new directors at Stamford Bridge now invited to have their say on the Frenchman’s future, the prospect of extending his stay at the club does not look wholly promising, even if he is said to be happy in London (as per Romano).
If the Blues opt out of extending Kante’s spell as a Chelsea midfielder, it will most likely leave a sour taste in the mouths of supporters, with the French colossus still very much capable of putting in a match-winning performance – he was the team’s highest-rated performer on Fotmob in their opening day win over Everton in August.
Indeeed, his presence and ability to excel out of possession would suit Potter’s three-at-the-back system down to a tee and would serve as an astute way to ease Kante back into action, with the current Chelsea boss open to switching systems on a regular basis in his bid to achieve tactical fluidity at Stamford Bridge.