N’Golo Kante‘s former coach has revealed the talented player will leave Chelsea for a very big European club.
The Frenchman arrived Stamford Bridge last summer on a transfer fee estimated to be £32 million.
Image: Patrice Garande
Former Caen coach Patrice Garande believes Kante, 25, has a brighter future away from Chelsea, having made only seven appearances under Italian coach Antonio Conte.
Kante left current EPL champions Leicester City for the Blues but with Chelsea’s current position on the league table – 7th, Garande thinks the defensive midfielder will be on his way out very soon.
“As soon as he started playing games, he was above the level of Ligue 2,” Garande said of Kante, who was his former player. “When we went into Ligue 1, he immediately brought himself up to Ligue 1 standard. Very quickly he made himself indispensable,” the coach told ESPN.
“I thought it was a good choice [moving to Chelsea] and one that suited him, because in his mind going to England in a club like that was a step towards going even higher,” Garande explained. “He has had a rapid rise, but it has been progressive.
“He was in Ligue 2, then Ligue 1. He goes to England with Leicester, they win the Premier League. Then he goes to Chelsea, and after that he’ll go to a very, very big European club, that’s for sure.”
N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) struggles for the ball with Daley Blind (Manchester United).
Garande added: “He had his feet on the ground, and that is why he did two seasons with us, and then left. It’s he who decides.
“When he wanted to leave Leicester, there were a lot of clubs who wanted him, and it was he who decided to go to Chelsea. He’s not someone on whom you can impose a decision … you can’t really influence him. He listens, but it’s always him who makes the decisions.”