Petit: Why Chelsea Must Offload Kante
Arsenal hero, Emmanuel Petit has advised Chelsea to offload injury-prone midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Kante has enjoyed an outstanding career for both club and country but has struggled with injuries of late.
The France international has played just 175 minutes of football for Chelsea this season as he struggled with a knee injury and then a muscle injury.
However, Petit believes Kante cannot play a proper game due to injury and could be allowed to depart Stamford Bridge next year.
“Kante has been tremendous for years and years. He’s been running around the world all the time, but I can understand Chelsea’s position,” Petit told Getting Casino.
“How can they pay so much money for someone who is always injured? He cannot play a proper game.”
He continued, “I heard he’s back in training and will be fit soon, but I understand Chelsea’s position. He will be a great bargain if he doesn’t sign a contract as he will be available for free and some clubs will be interested to get him for sure.”
Kanté is a practising Muslim. He was born in Paris to Malian parents who migrated to France from Mali in 1980. He grew up in a small apartment in Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine. His father died shortly after N’Golo turned 11 and his elder sibling Niama died of a heart attack before the 2018 World Cup.
He is named after King Ngolo Diarra of the Bamana Empire. His younger sister was also in the youth system at Suresnes. Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona were his favorite players growing up. At the age of 21, while playing for Boulogne, he earned a diploma in vocational accounting.
At the start of his professional career at Boulogne, he commuted to training on a kick scooter and as of 2018 drove a Mini Hatch—his first purchase in England because he found it easy to learn to drive in. Kanté is aware of his public perception as a shy and private individual, but also said that stories about him by current and former teammates, like Jamie Vardy, were often exaggerated.
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