The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed that Chelsea have made ‘positive progress’ in their contract talks with rumoured Tottenham target N’Golo Kante.

Kante’s current deal at Stamford Bridge runs next summer (Transfermarkt) and Foot Mercato were the first to report back in September that Spurs had made contact with the Frenchman amidst Chelsea’s unwillingness to offer him a new deal.


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The report added that the two-time Premier League winner prefers to remain in London, which could be an advantage to the likes of Tottenham.

However, Ornstein has now revealed that Chelsea’s talks with Kante’s entourage regarding a new deal are progressing well and there is now  ‘increasing confidence’ at the West London club that the midfielder will commit his future.

The journalist explains that the Blues always wanted the former Leicester City star to stay and the recent dialogue between the parties has generated optimism about the player continuing his career at Stamford Bridge.

Ornstein adds that while there is still some disagreement between the 31-year-old’s camp and Chelsea about the length of the contract, the club are now actively working to strike a compromise.

Spurs Web Opinion

It is not surprising that Spurs explored a move for Kante, given his contract situation and his relationship with Antonio Conte. 

However, I do not think the North London club’s hierarchy would be too displeased if the pursuit falls through as the Frenchman is in the twilight of his career and has had his share of injury problems over recent years.

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