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Chelsea's Kante appears to rule out move

Francesco Pecoraro  Getty Images Sport Chelsea's Kante appears to rule out move
Shannon Reynolds | 24 March, 2018, 12:51

'I am at home.

"This is my second year at Chelsea".

Although his first three appearances with Chelsea were not too impressive, there is hope in the club's camp that he will still be an important player for the future.

A spell at Sunderland on loan aside, he enjoyed four campaigns with the Viola before joining Chelsea in 2016 in a €30m deal, going on to be an integral part of the club's Premier League title-winning season.

According to reports, the Les Parisiens are intending to misuse Chelsea's recent turmoil circumstance who are five points off the top four spot and could miss the UEFA Champions League next year.

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"He was very clear with me, as with all the players: if you do not play, it is impossible to call you up".

The France worldwide has three years left to run on a contract that reportedly earns him £150,000-a-week, and Chelsea regard him as central to their long-term plans.

Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur after the worldwide break in a match that could end the Blues' hopes of Champions League qualification, with Conte's team five points behind Spurs in the race for the top four.

Chelsea will need the 26-year-old to remain fit and in form if they are to catch Spurs and Liverpool in the race for a top four finish. The Blues still have to play fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur after the global break and face Southampton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday, April 22, before hosting Liverpool in the Premier League in May.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Kante said: "It's the only title we can have this season and we have to fight until the end. It is the only trophy we can win this season, so we have to give everything to get to the final and win it", he added. The 26-year-old has been named in the France squad for friendlies against Colombia on Friday and Russian Federation on March 27.

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