PSG are ‘monitoring N’Golo Kante’s contract situation’ with the Frenchman into final year of his Chelsea deal after Thomas Tuchel admitted midfielder’s age, salary and injury problems will be considered when fresh terms are offered
- Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring N’Golo Kante’s contract situation at Chelsea
- The French midfielder is in to the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge
- Thomas Tuchel admitted that he is concerned about Kante’s injury record
Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring N’Golo Kante’s situation with the midfielder’s Chelsea future remaining uncertain.
Kante has just under a year remaining on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, and there are concerns regarding his injury record in recent seasons.
As reported by The Times, PSG are long term admirers of Kante and are continuing to track the 31-year-old.
Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring N’Golo Kante amid uncertainty over his Chelsea future
Kante missed Chelsea’s games against Leeds and Leicester because of a thigh injury and there are concerns that he may not be available again until the start of October.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to keep Kante but admitted that his age, salary and injury record will come into consideration when fresh terms are offered.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Leicester, Tuchel said: ‘No, you cannot [disregard Kante’s injury record]. You have to consider everything that is on the table — his potential, his influence and his quality. But [also] on the table of course is his age, his salary and his injury rate. From there you build a whole picture and try to find a solution.’
If he has not agreed a new deal by January then Kante will be free to talk to other clubs, including Christophe Galtier’s PSG.
Thomas Tuchel says Kante’s age, salary and injury record will be considered in contract talks
Kante missed Chelsea’s last two games and has frequently struggled with injury problems
Tuchel spoke recently about the negative impact that Kante’s absence can have on the team.
He said: ‘He makes players simply better around him. He gives something very unique, and don’t forget he also instils confidence that you cannot measure. That’s why he is a key player but for the key players, it is super important to be on the pitch and to have an impact.
‘You can count the matches that he is missing but what about the first two, three, or four matches where you need to re-find your rhythm -after returning from injury]? Nobody is counting these matches so maybe in real life it is even more than just the matches he is missing.
From January Kante will be able to hold talks with clubs including Christophe Galtier’s PSG
‘And then he comes back for the first match from the bench and maybe a second from the bench, and then the third one still a bit struggling with confidence and rhythm. This is basically the story and, yeah, we have huge hopes we can turn things around but this was a bad start.’
Last season Kante had several injury problems to contend with, and he has had several absences in recent seasons that have prevented him from being able to build up rhythm in his performances.
When at his best Kante is still capable of producing impressive displays, but it remains to be seen where his future lies.
Since joining Chelsea from Leicester in 2016, Kante has made 262 appearances for the club.
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