In a couple different interviews last week with French media, N’Golo Kanté confirmed that there had been interest in him from other teams over the summer, but leaving Chelsea did not ever really cross his mind.
PSG were undoubtedly the team driving hardest for his signature, but fortunately for us, Kanté feels good at Chelsea and believes that staying with the club was (and is) the right move.
“There was no urge to go elsewhere after the World Cup. There were other clubs’ interests but after talking to Chelsea, things were clear. The club is counting on me and I feel good. The next logical step was to continue with Chelsea.”
“There were some contacts [from PSG]. But after a discussion with Chelsea I realised that the main thing was to feel good where I was. I am at Chelsea. It’s good for me to stay at Chelsea.”
Kanté repeated most of the same as well when he sat down with TF1’s cameras for an interview that aired last Sunday.
“There had been discussions with PSG, but the reality is that I am good at Chelsea. When Chelsea told me they were counting on me and wanted to keep me for the future, I did not see myself going against the club. I live good times in Chelsea and I’m starting a new season.”
-N’Golo Kanté; source: Téléfoot via Google Translate
Téléfoot do claim that they have “exclusive” information that Kanté has not yet agreed a new contract with Chelsea — and thus entice PSG fans to click — but they assure that talks are ongoing (or at least there are plans to have talks, for whatever those are worth).
Téléfoot’s “exclusive” matches rumors from the summer, which claimed that Chelsea are ready and willing to offer a club record £290k-per-week contract to the 27-year-old who is closing in on the halfway point of his original five-year deal signed in 2016.
Make it so.
This may be a dynamic time for the Ballon d’Or nominee, redeployed into a fairly new attacking role under Maurizio Sarri after dominating the Premier League as a defensive midfielder for the previous three seasons, but what is unlikely to change is Chelsea’s commitment to keeping one of the most lovable players on the planet.