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The Blues have already lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer and will be unable to sign a replacement for the Belgian captain due to the transfer embargo on the club.
With the return of the Premier League season edging closer, the Blues have been warned they cannot afford to sell midfielder N’Golo Kante.
On Kante’s importance to Chelsea, talkSPORT wrote: “Of all the players to suffer under Murizio Sarri’s reign at Chelsea, Kante was perhaps the one who bore the brunt of the Italian’s rigid tactics.
“Played in a more advanced midfield role, the France international struggled to produce the calibre of performances fans have begun accustomed to. But you don’t win back-to-back Premier League titles and then the World Cup if you’re a bad player.
“Despite Kante’s indifferent season, Frank Lampard simply HAS to keep the midfielder and play him in his strongest role.
“On his day, there are few better defensive midfielders in the world. During the 2016/17 season, Kante made 127 tackles, 82 interceptions and a staggering 275 recoveries.”
Kante is yet to play a pre-season game for the Blues as he is still recovering from an injury he picked before Chelsea’s 4-1 Europa League victory over Arsenal in May.
He played 90 minutes against Arsenal despite the injury and is yet to be fully fit.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard recently gave an update on his injury while also confirming Kante will travel with the team to Japan for pre-season.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic, Lampard said: “He’s good, he’s good. N’Golo has been training with the physios on his own this week.
“[He’s] Still feeling the effects of his injury from the end of last season which we know with the Europa League final.
“I just wanted to be careful with him, as do the medical team. It’s not a problem, we know he’s a fit boy, we know he’s got a great attitude.
“The last thing I wanted to do is try to push him too early. When the injury feels like it’s right, hopefully next week in Japan we start to integrate him back into the training.”