N'Golo Kante could walk away from Chelsea as a free agent next summer having failed to agree terms over a new deal with the club despite months of talks.
The Premier League and Champions League winning midfielder is said to have been in conversations with the club since last year but might not be happy with the length of the deal on the table.
The 31-year-old World Cup winner is said to have been offered a two-year contract with option for another season, having missed five of seven games so far this season.
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The Athletic report news of the contract impasse, with the former Chelsea regime said to have been willing to offer a three-year contract.
They add that Kante is unwilling to accept an initial two years as per the plans of the new ownership, with former boss Thomas Tuchel saying that the player's "injury rate" could impact the terms.
Kante has made 262 appearances for the club in all competitions since joining as a title winner from Leicester back in 2016, winning six trophies in total.
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It remains to be seen what plans new boss Graham Potter has for Kante, but the former Brighton coach did single him out after their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in December.
Potter said after his move to west London was confirmed: "I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club.
"I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.
"I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club."
Chelsea were due to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday before all Premier League and Football League fixtures were postponed out of respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
That makes Potter's first game in charge of the club a European tie in the form of the visit of Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday.
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