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Real Madrid Could Launch A Move For This Chelsea Midfielder: What Should Be Tuchel’s Play Here?

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In a recent report, AS mentioned that Real Madrid could launch a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante. It is understood that Los Blancos are planning to move in for the French talent if the Blues end up recruiting Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco this summer.

Kante’s Recent Form In English Football

Kante is having a decent season at Stamford Bridge despite struggling to hit his best form at times over the past ten months. The Paris-born talent has made 32 appearances for the West London outfit during this campaign, registering two goals and five assists on all fronts.

The France international has done well to average 2.0 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.9 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield after making 85.3% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Ngolo Kante of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Middlesbrough v Chelsea at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2022 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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What Should Be Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel’s Play With Regards To Kante’s Future?

Kante is a tough-tackling midfielder who is usually quick to spot the danger and doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the front foot. He has got the vision to create some inviting openings for his teammates in the final third. The 52-time France international can even make a few energetic runs with the ball from midfield. He is a tidy passer as well, so it is no surprise that Real Madrid are showing interest in signing him this summer.

Kante’s current contract with Chelsea is set to run out at the end of this campaign. However, at the moment, the Blues cannot offer him a new deal due to the financial sanctions imposed on their owner, Roman Abramovich by the UK Government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Thus, Thomas Tuchel will be powerless to stop the Frenchman from leaving unless the West London club‘s ownership situation changes for the better before the end of this campaign. Either way, the Blues would be wise to try everything in their power to keep hold of Kante for at least a few more seasons as he is good enough to help them challenge for the Premier League title over the next couple of years.

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