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Chelsea legend Gullit blasts Sarri over Kante positional move

Former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit has slammed Maurizio Sarri for changing the position of the Blues star midfielder N’Golo Kante.

France international Kante has established himself as arguably the World’s best defensive midfielder in recent years, winning the Premier League title with both Chelsea and Leicester, as well lifting the World Cup with Les Blues this summer.

However, the arrival of £57 million summer signing Jorginho from Sarri’s former club Napoli has seen Kante shifted to an unfamiliar advanced midfield role.

Gullit is clearly not a fan of this move and thinks Kante should feature in his favoured position.

“Jorginho is the man Sarri has brought with him from Napoli to channel Chelsea’s play through.’’ Gullit wrote in his BBC Column.

“He was heavily involved at St James’ Park but, in a game like this, that is an easier job to do, popping the ball around without being pressed.

“Generally in England, though, he will be asked to play at a higher pace and make quicker decisions.

“You do not get any chance of easy build-up, like you would in Italy. So far he has been OK, but let us see how it goes for the rest of the season.

“One of the knock-on effects of Jorginho coming in is N’Golo Kante’s move into a more advanced role.

“It is a little bit strange. He is not a goalscorer. He has got one this season, but it was more by accident.

“He is a world champion and I like him more in the holding role he played for France.”

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