Blues could lose ‘unhappy’ N’Golo Kante due to Maurizio Sarri decision

CHELSEA star N’Golo Kante could quit Stamford Bridge over the new role he is being asked to play.

That’s according to former Blues and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino.

The pundit reckons Kante is displeased with the more advanced position he is playing under boss Maurizio Sarri.

Kante shone at Leicester in a holding midfield role and has become one of the best in the world since joining Chelsea.

The World Cup winner is now one of the most sought-after players in Europe.

Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain are particular admirers and were on the verge of making a bid for the star last summer.

Sarri has deployed Kante further forward to accommodate summer signing Jorginho who shields the defence.

But Cascarino thinks Chelsea are playing with fire because Kante may decide the time is right for a new challenge.

“N’Golo Kante is looking like he is unhappy with the position he is playing in,” he wrote in his column in The Times.

“That is a worry for Chelsea because they could lose him if he is unsettled.

“This is a player who will be wanted by every club in Europe.

“He still looks a quality player, but I’m not convinced he’s suited to this more advanced role on the right of a midfield three with Jorginho in the central sitting role.

“When he plays in that deeper role he glides across the pitch.

“He’s everywhere in front of the back four, robbing the ball from the opposition and running at pace, passing people, feeding the more advanced players.

“In that position, he’s the best in the world, but he’s not in his present one.

“Maurizio Sarri said after Saturday’s draw with Chelsea that United are better in a physical game and I thought that was telling.

“He doesn’t want his midfielders getting involved in battles, but that is what Kante is so good at.”

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