Heartbreak PSG? N’Golo Kante extends Chelsea deal through 2023

As the January transfer market approaches within almost a month, clubs will not only be looking for player acquisitions but retain their top performers as well. And Chelsea have exactly done the same by penning down a new five-year deal to their World Cup winner N’Golo Kante. Kante signed a new long-term extension contract that will see him play for the Blues in London till 2023. Additionally, Kante’s new pay raise will see him pocket a weekly wage of £290,000 for the next five years.

N’Golo Kante was instrumental in Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League victory in 2015-16, following which he was bought by Chelsea in 2016. The Frenchman again proved his worth by being an instrumental figure in Chelsea’s Premier League winning campaign of 2016-17. The humble defensive midfielder then went on to clinch the World Cup with France this year. Amid his brilliant performances, Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain were heavily linked to sign N’Golo Kante. But the rumors will now be shot down with his recent contract extension.

Upon signing his new contract, Kante said: ‘I’m happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come. Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about. I like the city, I like the club and I am happy to be here for more time.’

In the recent Football Leaks expose, Kante’s previous contract was leaked. Reportedly, Kante netted £4.5m a year and refused to have a percentage paid as image rights into an offshore company because he was not sure about paying the right amount of tax.

Off the pitch, he remains a dedicated professional and a humble human being despite the fact he is a world champion and a two-time Premier League winner. We now look forward to five more years with N’Golo at the heart of the Chelsea midfield’, Club Director Marina Granovskaia added.

In only his first year at Chelsea, N’Golo Kante won the Premier League and the Player of the Year by both the PFA and FWA. Even under new boss Maurizio Sarri, Kante remains an integral part of the team and is one of seven players to start each of the opening 12 Premier League games under the ‘Sarri Ball’ tactics.

Paris-Saint Germain are slated to lose out on Adrien Rabiot this summer and were hoping Kante to be his replacement. However, that seems highly unlikely with this long-term extension at place now.

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