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N’Golo Kante: Midfielder eases Real Madrid transfer fears for Chelsea

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:06, 12 November 2019 | Updated: 13:31, 27 November 2019

N’Golo Kante says he could see himself ending his playing career at Chelsea amid reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old French midfielder joined the Stamford Bridge club in 2016 following a breathtaking campaign with Leicester City.

What has Kante said about his Chelsea future? Five things to know…

  • N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea from Leicester City in 2016.
  • He’s since gone on to make 149 appearances in all competitions, registering 10 goals and seven assists.
  • Kante’s present contract at Stamford Bridge expires in June 2023.
  • Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the French defensive midfielder.
  • Kante, though, says he could see himself finishing his career at Chelsea.

Since moving to English football Kante has transformed himself into one of Europe’s most influential defensive midfielders, while also playing a pivotal role in France winning their second World Cup a year ago.

A former PFA Players’ Player of the Year recipient, Kante has to date, lifted two Premier League titles, the first as part of the Foxes’ incredible championship success in 2016, before helping Chelsea win the following season.

His name has been constantly associated with Real Madrid during that time, where compatriot Zinedine Zidane currently reigns as manager, but when asked by Telefoot if he could see himself playing in another league, the Parisian responded: “No, not really.

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“Of course [I could finish my career at Chelsea],” he added.

“Today I am with Chelsea until 2023. So, in my head, I hope to continue to have great seasons with Chelsea until 2023.”

Yet to get going

Chelsea’s recent 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was only the fourth time this season that Kante has started a Premier League game under Frank Lampard.

A combination of injury and fitness issues have seen him restricted to just 377 minutes of playing time in England’s top division.

Kante, who’s presently on international duty with Les Bleus, will be hoping to retain his spot in Lampard’s starting XI when they visit champions Manchester City after the current break.