According to Darren Lewis of The Mirror, Leicester City are preparing a bumper new deal for midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante.
After reportedly attracting admiring glances from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea since his summer move to the East Midlands, the news that one of this season’s star-performers could possibly be set to commit his long-term future to Claudio Ranieri’s team will be music to the ears of Foxes’ fans.
Since his reported £5.6million transfer to Leicester City from Ligue 1 outfit SM Caen in the summer transfer window, Kante has impressed supporters and pundits alike with his seemingly natural partnership with fellow midfield star Danny Drinkwater. Displaying strong tackling, great physical strength and an unwavering approach to the game, the 24-year-old has become an increasingly popular man in the terraces after taking the mantle from cult hero, Esteban Cambiasso.
The former Boulogne man has been more than just a defensive midfielder however. Possessing deceptive speed and a surprising ability for commencing attacks, he has become a useful asset for the East Midlanders in both boxes so far this campaign and is a major reason as to why the team are currently sitting five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
As a matter of fact, the Parisian has even managed to score (in Leicester’s 2-1 victory over Watford earlier in the campaign) and has also notched three assists in his relatively short career at the King Power Stadium.
Therefore, there is no surprise that Claudio Ranieri and his team are keen to tie him down to a new contract as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, these consistent performances throughout the campaign (that have put Kante into consideration for France’s Euro 2016 squad) have come at a price. There are various reports coming out of numerous news outlets that the likes of Arsene Wenger and Guus Hiddink are huge admirers of the diminutive destroyer and could even make a move as soon as the upcoming transfer window.
So, as a result to ward off this potential interest, it makes sense for Leicester to extend his previous four-year deal signed in August 2015.
Do you think Kante will stay at the King Power Stadium?