Frank Lampard ‘Wants to Keep N’Golo Kanté’

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Throughout this transfer window N’Golo Kanté has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old suffered a series of injuries that kept him out of Frank Lampard’s squad last season. But he is now looking ready to go ahead of Chelsea’s opener at Brighton on Monday.

According to the Guardian, the Blues have rejected a bid from Inter Milan, which included Croatia international Marcelo Brozović in exchange. Former Chelsea manager, but now Inter boss Antonio Conte, reportedly outlined his desire to sign the Frenchman. However, Frank Lampard told BBC 5 Live Sport that he “wants to keep N’Golo Kanté.”

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Injury-Plagued 2019/20 Campaign for N’Golo Kanté

Last season was a disappointing campaign for Kanté. The 29-year-old came to pre-season with an injury and was seemingly rushed into action. The Frenchman only started four of Chelsea’s first 11 matches, before settling in and playing the next ten.

A recurrence of the knee injury that kept him out of the early stages of the season, happened again in February and he was out of action when the season was put on hold.

The Covid-19 enforced break proved to be beneficial for the Frenchman. Kanté played in the first games back, as his Chelsea side handed Liverpool the premier league with a 2-1 victory over title competitors Manchester City. However, his rollercoaster of a season did not stop there. A hamstring injury late in a game against Watford ruled Kanté out for the rest of the season.

Kanté Could be Monumental for Frank Lampard’s Side This Season

With all of the attacking talent Chelsea have added to their squad ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, the defensive minded nature and incredible ability that Kanté possesses could be vital for the Blues.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live Sport, Frank Lampard was very complimentary of the Frenchman and his impact on the team. He said: “He looks really fit and fresh at the moment. So no he’s a big deal for me and of course I want to Keep N’Golo.

“I think pretty much every club in the world would want N’Golo Kanté. I certainly don’t want to lose him, no, he’s fundamental to what I’m trying to do.”

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