Chelsea make positive progress in talks over new N’Golo Kante contract

Chelsea have made positive progress in talks over a new contract for N’Golo Kante and there is now increasing confidence that the France international will commit his future to the club.

Kante’s existing deal expires at the end of this season and The Athletic revealed in September that he was unwilling to accept the fresh terms proposed verbally by Chelsea last summer.

They suggested tying down the 31-year-old midfielder for two years, plus the option of a third, whereas he wanted a longer duration.

Having been sidelined for a lengthy period following hamstring surgery, there was a genuine prospect that no solution would be found and Kante might leave as a free agent.

But Chelsea always wanted him to stay — they view the 2018 World Cup winner as a legend and an extremely popular figure — and recent dialogue has generated optimism that Kante is likely to extend his career at Stamford Bridge.

The contract length remains a key issue, however Chelsea are actively working to strike a compromise that would see them retain the services of a player regarded among the best in the world when he is available for selection.

As things stand overseas sides will be able to secure Kante to a pre-contract agreement from January 1, with suitors in Spain and France prepared to do so. There are also admirers from the Premier League eager to capitalise.

Irrespective of the Kante situation, Chelsea are trying to strengthen in his area of ​​the pitch and at least one recruit is expected in the upcoming transfer window or the subsequent market.

They hold concrete interest in Enzo Fernandez and Jude Bellingham, while other options under consideration include the likes of Declan Rice, Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. Such names are on the radar of rival teams too and currently it is unclear which of them could go where.

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