Friday, September 11, 2020

Lampard: “Kante is off the Market”

Frank Lampard has ruled out the sale of Midfielder N’golo Kante this summer saying he is an important part of his plans.

The Frenchman has been linked to Real Madrid and Particularly Inter Milan in recent weeks as competition has been added to Chelsea’s Midfield with the Signing of Havertz and Ziyech  but Lampard has no plans to sell him.

“I think pretty much every club in the world would want N'Golo Kante,” 

“I have seen those reports as well. He is an incredible player and person and I certainly don't want to lose him. He's fundamental in terms of what I'm trying to do.

“We can obviously talk about the attacking players we have but someone like N'Golo and the work he does in midfield... It was a difficult year for him last year because of the injuries.

“He came into the season with an injury and it was a domino effect through the year. It was probably a culmination of four or five years of games, so I'm really excited to have him fit. He looks fresh, he's a big deal to me.

“Of course I want to keep N'Golo.”

Lampard was also asked how he would try and gel the new signings with the current crop of players he worked with last season 

“I do have an idea of what I want to do,” 

“It certainly won't be stepping on the toes of the younger players. I think what the younger players did last season was show their quality. It's normal as a younger player, you have different challenges and different steps on the ladder.

“Step one, get in the team and do well, get a lot of praise. Step two if you're at a club like Chelsea is that you're going to get competition year-on-year, and can you react to that and it be a positive reaction? I'm not concerned about the young players, they're going to be a big part of our plans.

“The ones that were there last year will definitely be involved. The one thing I definitely felt as manager was that when I couldn't bring players in, I couldn't make changes in how I wanted us to play in terms of personnel.

“It always helps when you're fresh and you're new that you can bring in some players and say, 'This is the way I want to go'. So, I feel like I will have more options now to move forward.”

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