Juventus are set to admit defeat in the club’s pursuit of N’Golo Kante as the midfielder closes in on a contract extension at Chelsea.
Kante is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with an exit following an injury-hit season at Stamford Bridge.
The France international has not featured in the Premier League since August due to a hamstring issue, but has returned to first-team training and looks set to feature during the club’s run-in.
The 31-year-old has been a central figure in Chelsea’s success since arriving from Leicester in 2016, having won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League in west London.
Kante was named as the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year during his debut season at Chelsea and was awarded the UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season after the club’s success in the competition under Thomas Tuchel in 2021.
Juventus had hoped to capitalise on Kante’s contract situation and secure the free transfer signing of the midfielder, but Tutto Mercato are reporting that the Italian side are prepared to admit defeat in their pursuit with Kante set to sign a new two-year deal at Chelsea.
Graham Potter outlined Chelsea’s plan for Kante’s recovery from injury this week, telling the club’s official website that the midfielder will use the international break to improve his fitness.
“N’Golo is due to carry on training this week, and potentially with a game to get some minutes,” Potter said.
“That’s the plan there. The game will probably be internal. We need to control that as much as we can. But that will be good.”
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