N’Golo Kante injury issues ‘on the table’ in contract talks – Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Chelsea will have to take into account N’Golo Kante’s miserable injury fortunes in potential new contract talks for the French star.

Kante will miss at least another month as the 31-year-old has struggled with intermittent setbacks in recent years.

The world champion midfielder’s contract with Chelsea expires next summer, at the same time as Italy star Jorginho.

Thomas Tuchel, left, has great admiration for N’Golo Kante, right (Adrian Dennis/PA)

(PA Archive)

Chelsea’s new owners are determined to prevent the seniors’ contracts from running out at the same time, like Andreas Christensen and Toni Rudiger did last season, both of whom went on free transfers.

Blues boss Tuchel believes Kante remains “unique” in world football but also accepted that the astute tactician’s injury profile remains a concern.

When asked if Kante’s injury record will have an impact on his contract situation, Tuchel replied: “Yes. You have to consider everything that comes on the table.

“And on the table is his potential, on the table is his influence and quality.

“But on the table, of course, there’s his age, his salary and of course his injury rate.

“From there you build up a big picture and try to find a solution.”

Kante’s mix of destructive ball-winning, high-octane transplant and increasing quality on the ball makes him a vital part of Chelsea’s strongest XI.

The former Leicester star’s services will be in high demand despite his injury woes should he seek options beyond Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel continues to regard Kante as one of his key players but acknowledged the far-reaching implications of his absence.

Jorginho, pictured, is among those whose Chelsea contracts expire in the summer of 2023 (John Walton/PA)

(PA wire)

When asked whether title challenges are sustainable when such an important player is absent so frequently, Tuchel replied: “It’s a key question and the answer may be no, but we’re trying.

“It’s a lot harder because you see the impact he’s having, you see the impact in the goals we concede, the number of goals, the number of points we have, the number of goals we concede , the number of goals he makes.

“He just makes players better around him. He gives something very unique and don’t forget that he also inspires trust that cannot be measured.

“That’s why he’s a key player, but for the key players it’s super important to be on the pitch and make a difference.

“By the rhythm you mentioned I meant you can count the games he’s missing, but what about the first two, three, four games where you need to find your rhythm again? Nobody counts those matches, so in real life it might be more than just the matches that he’s missing.

“And then he comes back off the bench for the first game and maybe a second off the bench, and then a third still struggling a bit with confidence and rhythm.

“That’s basically the story and yes we have high hopes that we can turn things around but that was a bad start.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/thomas-tuchel-n-golo-kante-france-italy-jorginho-b2153826.html N’Golo Kante injury issues ‘on the table’ in contract talks – Thomas Tuchel

Fry Electronics Team

Fry Electronics.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@fry-electronics.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button