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According some reports, especially from the London Evening StandardChelsea‘s midfielder N’Golo Kante will soon sign a new contract with the Blues.

The new five-year deal will be worth 290.000 pounds per week, that is to say, 15 millions pounds every season. Now, Kante’s contract is due to expire in 2021, but with Paris S.Germain and Barcelona eyeing a move for the French player, Chelsea are trying to secure a new contract to keep Kante at Stamford Bridge.

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Olivier Giroud played the whole game, Kurt Zouma came off the bench in the second half (replacing Real Madrid centre-back Varane, injured) while N’Golo Kante was an unused sub for France in their 2-2 draw against Iceland in Guingamp last night.

The Chelsea defender, who’s currently enjoying a loan spell at Everton, went close to complete the two-goal turnaround with a header in the extra-time, when a penalty was awarded for a handball and was eventually converted by PSG star Kylian Mbappe. Moreover, Zouma earned his third international cap, the first since 2015.

The Chelsea striker was booked later in the second half, while Kante remained an unused sub with both Paul Pogba and AS Roma’s Steven N’Zonzi featuring in midfield.

 

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Two Chelsea players, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have been included in the short-list of 55 men who will compete to get their spot in the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018.

The team of last season’s 11 best players will be announced in London on Monday 24 September.

N’Golo Kante won the World Cup with France while Eden Hazard ended the competition in third place with Belgium. Both players lifted the Fa Cup in May when the Blues defeated Manchester United at Wembley with Hazard scoring the winning goal.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ruled Cesc Fabregas out for tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth:

“Cesc is still out,” the Italian manager revealed.

“He is working in water. We hope that next week he will be able to work on the pitch. I am sure the injury is not serious, but he has pain in the knee. The pain is still there so for him it is impossible to run on the pitch, only in water.’

Sarri claimed he had no reaction to his Premier League Manager of the Month nomination,but he spoke about Marcos Alonso, who is up for the Player of the Month:

“Alonso played very well for three matches. He is a very good player who can improve in the defensive phase. He has physical qualities at the top level, so I think he can do more in the defensive phase, but I’m not worried. He is a very good player and I think he can do more.”

The Italian coach was asked if anyone might leave before the loan transfer window closes tonight

“Maybe Tammy [Abraham]. It’s up to him. I am not able to guarantee to him a spot at the moment, but if he wants to remain I am very happy with him. He is very young for a striker, and he can improve more. It’s up to him.”

Sarri also commented Jorginho and N’Golo Kante performances so far this season

Jorginho in this moment is a very important player for us and he is used to playing my football. He is very useful for me, first of all, but also for his team-mates.

“Kante is a great midfielder, and he is able to play in every position in my midfield. It’s not a problem for him! I have been surprised by the technical qualities of Kante.”

Sarri spoke also about Ruben Loftus-Cheek who he says can feature more in the coming months

“I am very, very happy with him. In the last 10 days he has improved a lot. I am really very happy with him. He will be important for sure, starting in September when we will play every three days. I think Loftus will be very useful for us.

“I think he can be a Premier League starter at Chelsea. It’s not easy to play here, there are 25 very good players so it’s not easy to play in the starting XI, but if he improves more he will be ready to play from the beginning.

“He has to improve in order to play my football. He has great qualities from the physical and technical point of view, but he has to improve in the tactical point of view.”

Sarri didn’t want to discuss the Europa League draw claiming he has to study Chelsea opponents before, but he did revealed he met Cherries manager Eddie Howe some years ago:

“Eddie came to Empoli three or four years ago for a few days, and then I had three days with him when Napoli played a friendly in Bournemouth last year.

“I know him very well. He is a very interesting young coach. He will make a mark in English football in the future.

“Bournemouth are very dangerous opponents for us. They are well organised, they are dangerous in counter-attacks, so the match will be very difficult for us, but we want to be in control of the match, and try to gain points.”

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Speaking to Tribal FootballChelsea star Eden Hazard has praised his team-mate N’golo Kante.

“We are lucky to have Kanté here on our team. He is intelligent off the field and on the field. We could see this in the first match”. Hazard said.

The French midfielder scored Chelsea’s first goal of the 2018-2019 Premier League campaign and Eden Hazard is now willing to teach him how to score more goals this season.  “He had not played in that position yet but after twenty minutes, he scored”. the Belgian star went on. “If he wants, I’m always there to show him even if I’m not a great finisher either but I think I’m a little better than him anyway.”

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Marcos Alonso told SkySports HQ he’s glad Chelsea quartet Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kante and Willian are having some rest following the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

He added: “They will hopefully come with batteries charged to have a good season with us. They are Chelsea players, I am not even thinking about that [them leaving]: I am looking forward to seeing them after holidays”.  

“They are top players, very important for us. Every season with Chelsea we have to fight for every competition and we will go for it”. 

It is understood Real Madrid are plotting a massive bid to land both Courtois and Hazard to Santiago Bernabeu after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure earlier this summer.

Barcelona have reportedly given up in their pursuit of Chelsea winger Willian, while N’Golo Kante remains a target to revamp midfield.

Moreover, SSC Napoli‘s president Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly keeping tabs also on Olivier Giroud as Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring in a new striker.

 

 

 

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Speaking to France Football, Kylian M’Bappe revealed that during the recent 2018 Russia World Cup spoke with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to convince him to join PSG.

I spoke to N’Golo during the World Cup, but not extensively because I know that when you bombard the brain with transfer stuff”. M’Bappe said. “At the end, I left a few words in his pockets, that he would have discovered once he got home to properly send a message.”

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N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud both featured in the 4-2 win to Croatia in St.Petersburg today.

An early own-goal from Mario Mandzukic gave France the lead before Ivan Perisic leveled the score with a powerful shot. Then the Inter Milan winger handled the ball inside the penalty area and following a VAR review the referee awarded a penalty to Les Bleus: Griezmann put France in front once again.

In a dominant first half Didier Deschamps‘ men sealed a comfortable win thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé. Mario Mandzukic also exploited a huge mistake from Tottenham Hotspurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to make 4-2 just before the extra-time.

France are World Cup champions after lifting the title back in 1998, with Deschamps on the pitch as captain.

N’Zonzi replaced Kante in the second half, while Nabil Fekir came off the bench for Olivier Giroud in the 80th minute.

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Tomorrow night, in the first Russia 2018 World Cup, Chelsea and Belgium stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will face their two team-mates Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante who will play with France.

Today, speaking with beIn Sports, Hazard praised Kante and showed a great respect for him: “I play all year with Kante,” Hazard said. “He is the best in the world in his position. When he is at his best, you have a 95 per cent chance to win the game.”

 

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France are the first team to reach the Russia 2018 World Cup‘s semifinal. The Blues defeated Uruguay in the first quarter-final 2-0: Real Madrid‘s central defender Raphael Varane scored the first goal with an header in the last few minutes of the first half; then in the second half Antoine Griezmann scored the second goal with a long distance shot.

Both Chelsea players, Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante played the whole match.

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