N'Golo Kante

Kante insists he is focused on Chelsea – even if Zidane calls

N’Golo Kante has insisted that he is focused on Chelsea, despite reported interest from Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

The midfield dynamo has been linked with a potential move to the Bernabeu this summer, with Real Madrid once again under the control of Frenchman Zidane, who is said to be a big admirer of the Chelsea star.

The 27-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in world football right now, winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the World Cup in the last three years.

However, despite that, Maurizio Sarri has decided to move Kante into a more advanced role this season to accommodate £57m summer signing Jorginho, who is seen as a key component to his much-heralded ‘Sarri-ball’ philosophy.

Despite the links with a move to the Bernabeu though, Kante has said that any interest from the 13-time European champions is ‘not important’ as he is fully focused on his job at Stamford Bridge.

“Today I’m still at Chelsea and what is said elsewhere is not important,” Kante told RTL.

“Even if Zidane calls me, It’s not important, I’m at Chelsea today and I’m focused on that.”

Meanwhile, any Real Madrid interest could prove to be irrelevant, with Chelsea currently appealing a transfer embargo imposed by FIFA, meaning they would be unable to sign any replacements.

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