N’Golo Kante has remained coy over his Chelsea future as he continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United, saying he will ‘think about it at the right time’.
Kante – who has won the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and Club World Cup at Stamford Bridge – is set to enter the last year of his contract.
Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Manchester United have expressed interest in signing Kante as incoming coach Erik ten Hag looks to improve his options in midfield.
The Red Devils have been linked with Declan Rice, Frenkie de Jong and Tchouameni but could make Kante their priority signing in Ten Hag’s first window in charge.
If Kante stalls over signing a contract extension at Chelsea, the club’s new owners may decide to sell him this summer in order to avoid losing him for free in 12 months’ time.
Kante says his mind is purely on Chelsea’s last two matches of the campaign, although he concedes he will have to weigh up his future in the near future.
The Blues finish their Premier League campaign with fixtures against Leicester City on Thursday night and Watford on Sunday.
Asked about his future at Stamford Bridge, Kante told Sky Sports: ‘The only thing that is sure is that I have one more year on my contract. It’s not really my concern.
‘The only thing [on my mind] is to finish the season well. I’ll think about it at the right time but I just want to finish the season as best as possible.’
Kante came on as a substitute during the FA Cup final against Liverpool on Saturday but was unable to fire Chelsea to another trophy as Jurgen Klopp’s side won 6-5 on penalties.
‘For me it was not really tough because it happened so quick,’ Kante said of the ongoing chaos at Chelsea. ‘It just happened and the club has to be sold.
‘For us, we were just training and preparing for the games. For sure it was a concern but we kept our focus on the pitch as much as we can. We try our best and now we have to finish the season in the best way possible.’