Kante finally explains reason for snubbing Tuchel

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Upon his appointment as Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel admitted that he was pleased to unite with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, and admitted that he wanted to sign him while as PSG boss.

Despite strong PSG interest, Kante decided to remain at Chelsea, and the Frenchman has now admitted that he never thought of leaving the club.

According to Kante, he was happy at Chelsea and wasn’t keen on a move to join Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain.

Kante said: “I knew in the past there was some contact with Paris Saint-Germain when he was the manager, but it was not something I wanted. It did not happen because I was happy at Chelsea and I stayed here.

“I haven’t spoken to the manager about it!”

Kante has had restricted game time under Tuchel, and injuries have also played a role in it.

The 29-year-old is now back and fit, and he’s happy to be fit again.

On overcoming his injury problems, Kante added: “When you play constantly, many games in a row, you think it’s normal. When injury comes, you play two weeks, and then you get injured, it’s not the best. You don’t feel like you are giving the best to the club or your team-mates. You can learn from these times to appreciate more the time you are fit, when you can play and train with your team-mates.

“When I have been injured it’s a period of reflection of what you can do better. I realise now it’s better to take more time to recover. I speak with the medical staff to get the best out of me for the team. This is something I have learned.

“I am happy now to feel good. We have played so many games in a short time, so injury can come back, but we try to prevent more injuries. I have learned when you are not ready, take more time because that will help the team more.”

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