It’s safe to say that N’Golo Kante will probably never endure another summer quite like this.
Fresh from his Premier League winning tour of Thailand, the French midfielder quickly jetted out to France where his side narrowly lost out to Portgual in the final of Euro 2016. Unfortunately for Kante, he was shafted from the side as the tournament reached an exciting end, but that did little to suggest his performance levels have dropped off at all this season.
Upon his arrival from France, Chelsea quickly made their desire to sign Kante quite clear indeed and according to reports, they’re willing to pay up to £27million for a player that cost Leicester only £5million just 12 months ago.
That would represent a massive profit for the Foxes but in the modern-game, this offer isn’t good enough and Ranieri should keep hold of his midfield maestro. When you put it into respective, Jordan Ibe is only days away from signing for Bournemouth in a £15million deal.
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So does that mean a Premier League winning player, who also plays a vital part in his national team is only worth £12million more than someone that has only scored eight goals in five years?
I’m not too convinced. Players of N’Golo Kante’s quality are few and far between – just like they were all those years ago when the likes of Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieri ad Stefan Effenberg dominated the position for their respective clubs.
It’s not the most glamorous of positions and whilst these individuals might not score bags of goals, they’re essential to the side and we saw just how important the Frenchman was to Leicester City in the season just gone.
With Jamie Vardy signing a new deal and Ranieri already getting to the task of bolstering the squad, it looks like it could be another exciting season for the Foxes. They’ve got a cracking pre-season campaign against some of the worlds’ best to look forward to and Champions League football isn’t that far away either. Why would Kante want to pack all that in at this stage?
If the Foxes do offer the French international a new deal as expected, it’s unlikely he will be moving because of wage demands. So with Chelsea not in the Champions League next season, it really would be a move in the wrong direction at this point in time. Say what you want about Chelsea in three, four or five years time, for the upcoming campaign the club has little pulling power when it comes to attracting the biggest names in world football.
At Leicester City, Kante will always be considered a hero. He’s popular, an ever-present starter and is well-liked by the manager and supporters. He helped build this Leicester City legacy and to give it all up right away seems very strange indeed.