13/09/2021; 11:33 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Big clubs rarely let their top players leave, except they deem them past their sell-by date or a severe dip in form. Other factors include better players in the squad or the player close to running out his contract.
Transfer Insider Dean Jones has raised doubts over the long term future of N'Golo Kante.
According to Dean Jones, N'Golo Kante, who has been at the club for five years, could be playing his final season for Chelsea.
Kante joined Chelsea five years ago, and into his sixth season, Dean Jones believes Kante is at the end of his Chelsea tenure. Questions have arisen concerning the Frenchman and his future at Stamford Bridge, and Jones thinks those questions will be answered at the end of the season with a huge possibility of Kante leaving.
While he has not been categorical on the exact situation surrounding Kante, Jones thinks the signs are there, suggesting that Kante might be willing to try something new. He told GIVEMESPORT that the possibility of Kante not staying beyond this season exists. However, odds from bookmakers suggest that the Frenchman could be staying put at the club.
If this is true, it would be a huge blow to Chelsea fans who see the World Cup winner as a key piece in the Chelsea jigsaw.
Very few in the history of the game can boast of achieving what Kante has achieved. He joined Chelsea in July 2016 for a fee of £32 million. He joined from Leicester City after a hugely successful season, where against all odds, the Foxes won the English Premier League.
In his final season at Leicester, Kante made 175 tackles (31 more than any other player), which saw him top the 2015–16 Premier League season defensive stats.
At Chelsea, he quickly established himself as a corner-piece of the midfield and marked out as one of the world's best defensive midfielders.
The only trophy missing in his cabinet is the Carabao Cup. He won the league title and FA Cup in his first Chelsea season. He followed that up with Europa League and UEFA Champions League winners' medals.
The combative box-to-box midfielder with the lungs of a horse has a long list of individual accolades. The accolades place Kante alongside some of the greats.
In an interview before the European Championships in the summer, Kante quickly put a dampener on all talk of leaving Chelsea. He confessed that his future was not in his thoughts, and he hopes to continue his Chelsea run for many years.
While not impossible, it is hard to see Kante in any other club jersey besides Chelsea. Elsewhere, Chelsea are working on tying two of their players to new deals, with talks already in the works for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.