Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed on his Substack that N’golo Kante is still some way off agreeing on a new Chelsea contract.
While he has claimed the Frenchman still wants to stay at the club, it has been reported that both parties are still way off in terms of agreeing on terms.
Despite the quality he clearly has, injuries have resulted in there being a real possibility that he is in his last season at the club.
Kante suffered another muscle problem in just the second game of the season against Tottenham, and he’s not been seen since up until the World Cup.
When it looked like he may be close to returning, a further setback left him ruled out of this winter’s international tournament.
Kante way off new contract
He is currently yet to appear for new manager Graham Potter.
Phillips has claimed that although both parties want the relationship to continue at Stamford Bridge, the distance between what they both want is currently too much to deal with.
He said: “Chelsea ideally want to keep N’Golo Kante, but the plan is to assess how fit he will be for the second part of the season when he returns from his injury. Kante happy to stay, but parties are way off on terms as of now.”
As well as Kante, there have currently been no advancements on agreeing on a new contract with fellow midfielder Jorginho.
There are reportedly fears that the Italy international is winding down his contract in West London in order to secure a move back to Serie A next summer.
The club are linked with signing a number of midfield options next year, including Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham. With the quality of players they could be set to lose, replacing them adequately should be high on the list of priorities.