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Neville: Kante needs to accept positional change under Sarri

Gary Neville reckons Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante will just have to accept the positional switch forced on him by Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

France international Kante has established himself are arguably the world’s best defensive midfielder since arriving in the Premier League in 2015, although he has been used in a more advanced role under Sarri this season to accommodate £57 million summer signing Jorginho.

Many fans and pundits have widely criticised Sarri’s use of Kante, with the 27-year-old clearly unable to effect games as much as he would when playing in front of the back four.

However, the former Napoli coach made it clear this week that Kante does not possess the technical ability he requires from his deepest lying midfielder.

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Neville accepts Kante is struggling a bit in his new role but he also believes that the former Leicester City man has the perfect attitude to persevere and improve as a player in a more advanced position.

“I saw it a few weeks ago, there are signs N’Golo Kante does not quite understand or know the position he has to play, it didn’t quite suit him,” Neville wrote for Sky Sports.

“It’s no surprise to me it’s flaring up now. Now it’s a case of the player accepting it, developing his game there and what his attitude is towards playing, but Kante’s got a great attitude so my view is he will persist.

“He’s being asked to do different things and it’s more of a struggle for him, but there’s no reason to say he can’t get better and bring value in that position and improve like players do over their career.”

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