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Chelsea ‘Make Progress In N’Golo Kante Contract Talks’

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Chelsea have made strong progress in talks with French midfielder N’Golo Kante over a new contract.

The 31-year-old now has just over six months left to run on his current deal and will be able to enter discussions with foreign clubs over a pre-contract agreement in January.

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Kante’s consistent struggles for fitness over the past couple of years have plunged his future into uncertainty, and Barcelona are believed to be mounting a charge to sign him next year.

A recent report claimed that the France international was pushing for the Blaugrana to offer him a contract, while Saudi Arabian giants Al-Nassr are also said to be interested in a move.

However, The Athletic claims that progress has been made in talks with Chelsea over fresh terms, and the Blues are now increasingly optimistic that he will put pen to paper soon.

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Kante was initially said to have been left unhappy with the length of a previous proposal that Chelsea were offering, as a two-year extension with the option of another 12 months was put on the table.

The former Leicester City man was instead after a fixed three-year deal and rejected that offer as a result, and the report adds that the length of Kante’s new contract is still a roadblock.

However, there is said to have been positive dialogue between player and club, and Chelsea have never wanted Kante – seen as an “extremely popular” member of the squad – to leave.

As well as Barcelona and Al-Nassr, clubs in both France and the Premier League are said to be keeping a close eye on developments, in spite of Kante’s long-lasting struggles to avoid injury.

The Premier League and World Cup winner has only made two appearances in the 2022-23 season due to a hamstring injury, and he is expected to remain out until February after undergoing surgery two months ago.

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