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Boehly makes contract call
Graham Potter is running out of matches and time to make a decision when it comes to N’Golo Kante. The new manager is yet to see his star midfielder play but must think about how Chelsea progress with the Frenchman.
Kante is out of contract next summer and can start negotiations over a free deal in January. Chelsea play 14 times between now and then, but Kante still isn’t ready for action.
It is now reported that Boehly has made the final call on Kante, and it will be taken out of Potter’s hands. As a businessman and someone looking to improve the efficiency of Chelsea, offering a new long-term deal to a 31-year-old on large wages isn’t something that seems to make sense.
Chelsea hold interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice, who remains a top target, whilst they also want to pursue a deal for Jude Bellingham. Edson Alvarez and Ibrahim Sangare are players they have looked at in the past and may revisit as a means of replacing Kante.
Joe Cole is hoping that Chelsea gives Graham Potter time at the club and has said that even Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t be able to make immediate changes at the club.
Cole told the Sun: “When you come to Chelsea, you have to win games and trophies. The club has been built on that in the last 20 years. The fans are used to big games and going to cup finals, so Potter can’t just disregard that. It will always be in the background.
“But with so much newness around the club, they seem to have gone away from that immediate success plan that Chelsea are normally associated with. This appointment says to me that Chelsea are looking long-term, and it is an intelligent move because the likes of Manchester City are so far ahead.
“You could employ Sir Alex and Brian Clough, all the all-time greats of management together, and they still wouldn’t make an immediate impact in chipping away at City, competing for trophies with them.”