Kante opens up on his Chelsea partnership with Bakayoko as duo gain more confidence

N’Golo Kante has hinted his partnership in the Chelsea central midfield with Tiemoue Bakayoko is very much a work in progress.

The two-time reigning Premier League player of the year has a new man in the middle of the park with him this season following the departure of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and the signing of Bakayoko from Monaco in the summer.

Bakayoko arrived at Stamford Bridge with an injury and started the first game of the season against Spurs before missing the next two. He has, however, started the last four games on the spin for Antonio Conte’s men.

Many French fans especially would like to see the duo play together more often as the pair are seen as the central midfield pairing of the future for Les Blues, though Bakayoko wasn’t called up to the most recent French squad.

Speaking to SFR Sport, Kante said his and Bakayoko’s partnership is working “quite well” but there is still some way to go.

“Game after game, we are becoming more confident together,” Kante said.

“We are trying to produce what the coach wants us to and things are working quite well. Today (Saturday’s loss to Man City), it was a slightly more difficult match, in big matches sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

“But we will continue and it is encouraging for the future… It is a shame that he has not been called up for France. There we are looking to qualify, hopefully we can pull that off.”

Conte eager to seal record £300,000-a-week Chelsea deal for 72-goal superstar

Chelsea are set to make Belgium international star Eden Hazard the Premier League’s highest paid player ever, according to the Express.

The defending top-flight champions, who lost 1-0 at home to Manchester City on Saturday, will offer the winger an astronomical £300,000-a-week deal to fend off interest from Real Madrid ahead of the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old, who has 78 international caps for his country, is yet to score in eight appearances in all competitions for The Blues so far this season, but he has provided three assists.

Hazard, who arrived at Stamford Bridge back in June 2012 following his reported £32m switch from Ligue 1 outfit Lille, has netted 72 goals in 256 outings for Chelsea overall, winning two Premier League titles, the UEFA Europa League and the League Cup.

The report suggests the forward could out pen to paper on his new deal when he returns from international duty with Belgium in a couple of weeks, sealing a sizeable increase on his current £220,000-a-week wages.

La Liga giants Madrid were linked with a mega money move for the Blues winger during the previous summer transfer window, but no deal eventually materialised.

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