N’Golo Kante has been a revelation since moving to the Premier League in 2015, and the 27-year-old’s stock has even risen since he signed for Chelsea two years ago.
Kante has played a key role for Chelsea as the Blues have won the Premier League and FA Cup trophy since he joined the club, and the World Cup winner has been a rock in midfield.
Kante still has over two years remaining on his current contract but he has been targeted by French champions PSG, and Chelsea are keen to tie the midfielder with a bumper deal at Stamford Bridge.
According to L’Equipe, Chelsea have begun talks with Kante over a new contract that could see him become one of Premier League’s top earners, and are confident an agreement can be reached within the coming weeks.
Kante who was known for disrupting opposition play in midfield has been playing further up the pitch for Chelsea this season under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
France boss Didier Deschamps has no problem with Kante playing in a more advanced position at Chelsea and has called him up for France Nations League match away to Netherlands on Friday and friendly at home to Uruguay next Tuesday.
“He is able [to play higher up the pitch]. He can also play deeper where he is very useful and very powerful,” Deschamps said.
“At Chelsea he’s in more of a creative role. With what his coach asks him, and his system, he is brought to play very high.
“He has more freedom. He is very comfortable with the ball, so it doesn’t cause him any problems. He’s always having fun.
“Kante also takes it by playing deeper, but he is now in the offensive part, but he still has the quality of cutting out passes and recovering balls.
“He is a little more involved in attacks, in the last third or the penultimate pass. This is less frequent when he’s playing in front of the defence.”