Due to the midfielder’s recent injury record, N’Golo Kante has been given shocking career advice, with the Blues talisman only appearing twice this season.
N’Golo Kante has been advised to consider retirement from football if he is unable to recover from a string of injuries. Chelsea’s star hasn’t played since the second game of the season in August, when he was substituted off with a hamstring injury in the second half against Tottenham.
That injury sidelined him for more than six weeks before he returned to training, by which time Graham Potter had taken over as manager, only to deliver even more bad news. After that, the Frenchman sustained another injury and required hamstring surgery, which kept him out for at least four months.
The 31-year-old will require more time and patience to regain match fitness after missing the World Cup, which is now likely to be his final chance to win the tournament. His contract expires in June 2023, and he will be able to negotiate a pre-contract with other clubs in January.
His recent injury history complicates contract renewal. Kante is one of the club’s highest-paid players, but he plays such a small percentage of the game that tying him down to a contract makes no business sense. Todd Boehly is looking to build a team of players aged 24 and under, and he is being usurped by younger models.
Although interest in Kante will be high due to the high standards of performance he can provide when fit, it appears increasingly likely that his future will not be at Stamford Bridge, and former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf has admitted that it may be time for him to consider retiring.
“I haven’t spoken to Kante directly about his fitness and how he feels, but it could be that he’s nearing the end of it [his career],” Leboeuf told Safe Betting Sites. Because we must remember that we are dealing with a human being. Suddenly, your body says, enough, leave me alone. The end of your career is also a part of it, and you must decide which path to take.
“You must instill envy in people rather than pity. So you must make your own decision [regarding retirement]. You have to talk to your family and tell them that maybe it’s over. So I’m not sure about his shape, but if he believes he can serve Chelsea well, he should stay.”
Barcelona is said to be interested in signing Kante, while Paris Saint-Germain has long admired the two-time Premier League winner, Champions League winner, and 2018 World Cup champion. With new technical director Christopher Vivell in place to manage footballing choices at the club, the decision as to what happens in the coming months may well be out of Kante’s hands.