What's the story?
N'Golo Kante, who was rumored to be linked with Real Madrid have squashed all the talks and links of him making a switch away from Stamford Bridge in the summer. It was reported that Zinedine Zidane's shortlist includes the World Cup winner.
The Frenchman, currently on international duty rubbished all the rumors surrounding him and claimed that he is very much focused on finishing the season on a high with Chelsea.
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Kante has been on Real Madrid's wish list for a long time now and the Spanish club won't shy spending heavily to acquire services of players they want at the Bernabeu next season.
The French international's situation at the London based club alerted all suitors across Europe as the star midfielder is forced to play out of his natural position since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri who prefers Jorginho over Kante to play in the holding midfielder position.
The heart of the matter
The rumors of a reported move were on a rise once again since Zidane arrived at the Bernabeu but all of these have now been put to bed as Kante refuted claims of him being open to a move.
Addressing the rumors, Kante said:
“Today I'm still at Chelsea and I still have aims here. What is said elsewhere is not important. Even if Zidane calls me, it's not important, I'm at Chelsea today and I'm focused on that."
The 27-year-old midfielder implied that even the legendary Frenchman cannot persuade him and the idea of working under him right now does not excite him.
Kante believes he has unfinished business at the London based club and wants to work on that. The Frenchman is currently playing out of his position to accommodate Jorginho into the squad and this has naturally seen his performances drop but he is determined to turn the situation around.
N'Golo Kante's statements have given Chelsea fans a huge sigh of relief as they can't lose two of their best players in the same transfer window to Los Blancos as Hazard's situation intensifies. This also comes amid the potential transfer ban Chelsea may have to serve which means the club should solely focus on tying down their players and any player leaving would serve as a big blow.
As for Real Madrid, they have Casemiro and Marcos Llorente who already have the position covered. They should be looking at a dynamic midfielder to add to their squad who could share the weight of the aging Modric instead.Published 27 Mar 2019, 12:25 IST