Frank Lampard has watered down rumors of a summer exit for France international N’Golo Kante, stating that Chelsea has no business parting company with the defensive midfielder.
Throughout this summer, speculations have been flying over that Chelsea were willing to sell N’Golo Kante, and talks of a reunion with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at Inter Milan gathered pace.
It was believed that the Blues were willing to sell the Frenchman if the right price was presented.
Chelsea’s head coach, Frank Lampard, however, spoke on the situation, stating that a move for Kante was not on the cards and he has every intention of having the French World Cup winner in his side.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Lampard said: “I think pretty much every club in the world would want N’Golo Kante,”
“I saw those reports as well. He’s an incredible player and I certainly don’t want to lose him, no. He’s fundamental to 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 which he hasn’t had and was probably the culmination of game, game, game for himself so I’m really excited to have him fit.
“He looks fit and fresh at the moment so, no, he’s a big deal to me and of course I want to keep N’Golo.”
Kante has been a key figure for Chelsea since his £32 million switch from Leicester City in 2017.
Since then, the tireless midfielder has so far lifted the Premier League in 2017, the FA Cup in 2018, the UEFA Europa League in 2019, and the World Cup with France in 2018.