N’Golo Kante has expressed a desire to be part of the ‘exciting project’ currently ongoing at Chelsea despite his current contract expiring this summer.
The 32-year-old, who signed his current deal back in November 2018, has also backed the Blues to return to the successes that have previously epitomised the Stamford Bridge club.
The French international has been key to what has been a trophy-laden past decade. In the past six years, N’Golo has won six trophies, with just a League Cup winner's medal missing from his illustrious honours list. Speaking this week, Kante was asked if he wants to help get Chelsea back to winning silverware.
‘Yes, for sure,' he replied. 'It’s an exciting project for the club. Unfortunately, the season has not been a standout for Chelsea. I’m sure everyone wants to go this way, the way of success, the way of winning titles. I hope this club will fight again in this direction.
‘Let’s see where I will be, but I hope that this is a change for the club, that is most important.’
The midfielder also touched on his return from injury. Kante missed seven months of a campaign with a hamstring injury which required surgery during the winter.
‘It was the purpose of the surgery, to come back strong,’ Kante said. ‘At the moment I feel good, hopefully it’ll carry on like this. For the last few weeks, I’ve been playing and I’ve felt very good.
‘I hope I will carry on for the rest of the season and hopefully the most difficult part is behind me, and I’m able to forget it – enjoying football again, enjoying wins again, and enjoying - hopefully - more success.’
Kante has featured in six of our last nine games and all of those have seen him selected alongside Enzo Fernandez. From one experienced Chelsea midfielder to one of our newcomers, Kante shared his thoughts on his start to life in SW6.
‘He has come to the club and adapted very well. He has been welcomed from all the team. The way he plays and how he impacts the team, is someone I love to play with. I hope he can carry on in this way, I hope he will get success at the club,’ he said with a smile.
‘He plays as a No.6 when I have played with him, but we can see that he can play further forward. The way he passes and can move the ball, is helping us a lot.’