N'Golo Kante 'close' to signing new Chelsea contract ahead of major injury return boost


Chelsea may have been handed a huge boost to their midfield ranks as N'Golo Kante is said to be "close" to signing a brand new contract at Stamford Bridge. It comes as there has been doubt over the future of the Frenchman heading into the final few months of his current deal.

The 31-year-old has been an influential member of the side since joining from Leicester, but his impact has dwindled in recent seasons. Injuries have started to become a consistent issue for Kante, putting him out of action for months at a time that has been far from useful to those in charge of the squad.

A huge boost has been handed to under fire boss Graham Potter recently as the two-time Premier League winner made a return to training on Monday. Injury problems have coincided with a downturn in form under the manager, so there will be hopes that a fresh squad will see form bounce back.

Squad turnover has also been a major talking point, with a whole host of signings joining the club during the past two transfer windows. The midfield was a particular area of contention, with Enzo Fernandez joining in a British record transfer fee from Benfica while Jorginho left for rivals Arsenal.

However, there could be some continuity for the future as football.london understands that Chelsea hold confidence over a contract extension for Kante. Similarly, the Telegraph reports that the Frenchman is "on the verge" of penning a new deal, with an agreement between all parties seemingly close.

It remains to be seen how much game time he will manage before the end of the season, but his return and subsequent extension could be a turning point for the management team.

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