In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, France manager Didier Deschamps describes N’Golo Kante as a ‘modern midfielder’, Mateo Kovacic’s future is discussed, John Terry’s visit to England’s rugby team goes down well and Eden Hazard is rated among the top players of 2018/19.
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Deschamps: Kante a ‘modern midfielder’
France manager Didier Deschamps feels that N’Golo Kante has the versatility to play in different midfield positions for club and country.
While Kante has been deployed in a more attacking role by Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri, he continues to be used in a more defensive position when he represents his country.
However, Goal.com reports that Deschamps has no concerns about the 27-year-old’s ability to perform in either role.
‘I saw that his coach (Sarri) preferred to see him in a more offensive position because he has a player, Jorginho, who plays in this position a little lower,’ said the former Chelsea player at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
‘N'Golo Kante is able to play in several positions. He is a modern player, a modern midfielder.
‘When he is with me in the French national team, he has a great importance in this lower position. He is very important defensively and in the organisation of the game.
‘Each coach has his formation, a different vision but I'm not worried about that. It's rather a good thing that players are versatile and can play in different formations or positions.’
Kovacic keen to remain at Chelsea
The Sun reports Mateo Kovacic is keen to extend his stay in west London following the end of his season-long loan.
Kovacic is on loan from Real Madrid but has reportedly told the Spanish club he would like to remain with Chelsea if given the opportunity.
The midfielder has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season.
Terry has positive impact on England rugby team
England rugby star Jonny May has told Sky Sports that John Terry made a huge impression on the team when the former Chelsea skipper visited the team in training on Tuesday and gave them a pep talk ahead of this weekend’s important Six Nations game against Wales.
‘Luckily enough we have had some brilliant guests come in to give us advice and obviously someone of John’s calibre to come in is awesome,’ said May after the meeting with Terry at Pennyhill Park.
‘We got an insight into his career and what was beneficial to him. He is a winner and a champion so it was brilliant to pick his brain.
‘It was quite reassuring in some ways because a lot of things he was saying we could relate to in terms of staying out after training, working hard, focusing on your recovery and being a tight team.
‘I think we are on the right track but it is good to keep hearing these things and to try to get better.’
Hazard among Premier League’s best
Eden Hazard has been named among the Premier League’s top 10 players of the season by website Football365.
Hazard, who has produced some sensational moments during the current campaign, comes in at second behind Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk on the list.