Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has clarified that he wants midfielder N’Golo Kante to stay on at Chelsea.
He also said he would have loved to have a chance to play with the humble midfielder. The 29-year-old is clearly important to Chelsea’s future – even though he’ll turn 30 next birthday.
“It was very genuine, he wanted to be clear about how it would work around the training ground. It’s been sorted out in the short term and he’s training and he’s happy,” said Lampard, about N’Golo’s return to the training ground.
“Also in terms of N’Golo, I’ve seen some talk and reports about him and his future at the club.
“I’ve said before about N’Golo, [he is] one of the best midfield players in the world. I actually would have loved to play with him, the type of player he is. He has everything, and coming back to Chelsea and managing this club, having N’Golo Kante, is something I really wanted to appreciate and work with.
Kante had been out for most of 2020 with hamstring and groin injuries – but is now looking to make a fresh comeback to Stamford Bridge.
“This season unfortunately it’s been tough due to injuries to N’Golo, but it’s nice to see him a little bit fresh.
“One of the silver linings I suppose to this has been we’ve managed to get a few players fit and fresher, for whatever reason. N’Golo is so important to us as a team going forward, we need him regularly and hopefully we’ll have that now.”