Could Leicester City lose N’Kolo Kante in the summer?


Leicester City midfielder N’Kolo Kante has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence this season, being signed from obscurity to finding himself linked with European giants after an outstanding debut campaign at the King Power Stadium. He could help the Foxes win the Premier League title, and his involvement hasn’t gone ignored from a number of interested clubs, and he recently admitted his future was known.

Joining City from Caen in the summer, Kante has become one of the most effective ball-winning midfielders and box-to-box talents in the Premier League. His form has led to a call-up for the French national team, and he recently scored on his debut for Les Blues to give himself the best chance of being in the squad for this summer’s European Championships.

Kante’s goal came in a 4-2 win over Russia at the Stade de France, and after the game he revealed that his future my lie elsewhere. Italian Serie A title-chasers Juventus and Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with his signature, but there’s sure to be many suitors emerging in the summer. Kante admits the overwhelming interest does see his future shrouded in mystery.

“I will fight for Leicester this season and next season we never know and we will see. At this moment I am focused on Leicester. We have to finish well this season but I don’t mind about (being linked with) the other clubs,” said Kante. The 25-year-old has been a revelation in the Premier League through his industrious displays in the midfield. He’s heads the charts for most tackles, interceptions, and distances ran, his contribution to the side isn’t going unnoticed.

A number of Premier League sides are looking at him, but they’re sure to have competition. Signed for just £5.5M, Kante is expected to set sides back more than three times that amount in the summer. Leicester City will be desperate to keep their star performers, but they’re likely to receive offers they can’t refuse, and Kante is one player who will see offers flooding in given his energy and tackling abilities.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri compared the midfielder to that of former Chelsea man Claude Makalele earlier in the season, and while not one to sit in front of the backline like the latter, Kante’s hard-work has helped to the Foxes’ impressive defensive record as he snuffs out any threats before they form into anything.

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