Frank Lampard wishes to keep his top midfielder in the squad amid speculations of the French international’s future with the Blues.
The midfielder is fundamental to Lampard’s plan for the Blues this new season.
The 29-year old midfielder was plagued by injuries during Lampard’s first season in-charge and made only 22 Premier League appearances in the 2019/20 season.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to land reunite with Kante at Inter, making a player-plus-cash offer including either Christian Eriksen or Marcelo Brozovic but the offer was swiftly rejected by Frank Lampard.
“I think pretty much every club in the world would want N’Golo Kante,” the Chelsea boss told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I have seen those reports as well. He is an incredible player and person and I certainly don’t want to lose him. He’s fundamental in terms of what I’m trying to do.
“We can obviously talk about the attacking players we have but someone like N’Golo and the work he does in midfield.
“It was a difficult year for him last year because of the injuries. He came into the season with an injury and it was a domino effect through the year. It was probably a culmination of four or five years of games, so I’m really excited to have him fit. He looks fresh, he’s a big deal to me.”
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