Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is willing to pledge his future at Stamford Bridge amid speculations linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
According to Le10Sport, as relayed by Daily Star, Real Madrid have faced a massive blow in their pursuit of N’Golo Kante. The Chelsea midfielder, who was linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, is reportedly keen on staying at Stamford Bridge.
Kante’s existing deal at Chelsea does not expire until 2023. Real Madrid and Inter Milan, however, were hopeful of securing his services, especially with the Blues keen on striking a deal for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice this past summer transfer window.
Unfortunately for these two European giants, Chelsea now have very little reason to replace their existing set of midfielders, especially with Jorginho showing impressive form in these early stages of the campaign. Kante, too, has emerged as a lynchpin in midfield, featuring in all five of the Premier League matches so far.
The Frenchman is an indispensable figure in the Chelsea midfield and manager Frank Lampard does rate him highly. After all, he is arguably the best holding midfielder in the Premier League, with his aggression, work-rate and pace making him quite an asset in the club’s second line of press.
That said, Kante’s intention to remain at Stamford Bridge is unlikely to deter Real Madrid, who are desperate to sign a new midfielder following a quiet transfer window.
The Spanish giants have no shortage of quality options in the middle of the park. But with Luka Modric already in the final phase of his career, Zinedine Zidane does need some strength-in-depth and that is where Kante could ideally fit in.
The Chelsea midfielder could potentially create a formidable partnership alongside the likes of Casemiro and Toni Kroos. It could ultimately help Real Madrid improve as a team, as Los Blancos look to restore the club’s lost glory in the Champions League and dominate the European scene once again in the coming years.
As for Chelsea, they simply cannot afford to offload someone like Kante. The 29-year-old is tailor-made for the physically astute and fast-paced nature of the Premier League. He has also improved his offensive game over the past 12 months and could be an ideal catalyst for a world-class squad consisting of players like Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.