Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that N’Golo Kante’s current historical past of accidents will undoubtedly be thought of in contract negotiations with the midfielder.
The 31-year-old has only one yr left on his present deal at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues are eager to maintain him in west London.
Nevertheless, Kante made solely 26 Premier League appearances final season – his second-lowest tally since heading to England in 2015 – and he’s at the moment sidelined with a muscle drawback.
Tuchel has admitted that this current spate of accidents will affect the type of contract provide that Kante will obtain from Chelsea.
When requested if Kante’s harm document could possibly be ignored in negotiations, Tuchel replied: “You can’t. It’s important to take into account all the pieces that’s on the desk and on the desk is his potential, on the desk is his affect, and his high quality.
“But in addition on the desk, in fact, is his age, his wage and his harm fee. From there you construct an entire image and attempt to discover a answer.”
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The German tactician was then requested if it was attainable for Chelsea to problem for the most important honours with out Kante, to which he replied: “It is a key query and the reply is possibly no – however we attempt to.
“It’s rather more troublesome since you see the affect he has, you see the affect within the targets that we concede, the quantity of targets we rating, the quantity of factors that we’ve got, the quantity of targets he makes. He makes gamers merely higher round him.
“He provides one thing that may be very distinctive and remember, he additionally installs confidence that you simply can’t measure. That’s why he’s a key participant. However for the important thing gamers, it’s tremendous necessary to be on the pitch and to have that affect and be within the rhythm.
“You may depend the matches that he’s lacking, however what concerning the first two, three or 4 matches the place he must re-find rhythm? No one is counting these matches so possibly in actual life it’s much more than simply the matches he’s lacking.
“He comes again for the primary match from the bench and possibly a second from the bench, after which the third one nonetheless a bit fighting confidence and rhythm. That is principally the story and, sure, we’ve got large hopes we are able to flip issues round however this was a foul begin.”