Frank Lampard has shut down and chances of N’Golo Kante being sold by Chelsea this summer.
The 29-year-old has already been subject to a bid by Inter Milan, which has been rejected by the Blues, with the Serie A side contemplating a bigger offer.
Kante had a difficult 2019/20 campaign, with injuries throughout the campaign meaning that he didn’t have the consistency of matches he is used to.
However, the World Cup winner remains a big part of Lampard’s plans for the club and the Blues boss is not accepting an exit for the midfielder.
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“I think pretty much every club in the world would want N’Golo Kante,” Lampard told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I have seen those reports as well. He is an incredible player and person and I certainly don’t want to lose him. He’s fundamental in terms of what I’m trying to do.
“We can obviously talk about the attacking players we have but someone like N’Golo and the work he does in midfield… It was a difficult year for him last year because of the injuries.
“He came into the season with an injury and it was a domino effect through the year. It was probably a culmination of four or five years of games, so I’m really excited to have him fit. He looks fresh, he’s a big deal to me.
“Of course I want to keep N’Golo.”