Chelsea offers Kante new contract, record wages

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Chelsea have offered N’Golo Kanté a new contract worth nearly £290,000 a week, which would make him the club’s best-paid player. They have acted to deter interest from Paris Saint-Germain in the midfielder who impressed at the World Cup, where he helped France to lift the trophy.

Kanté has been offered a five-year deal worth up to £15 million a season, which roughly doubles his present wage and would take him above Eden Hazard who is Chelsea’s top earner on £220,000 a week.

While Hazard is at the ideal time for a contract extension, with two years left to run on his current deal, Kanté is actually ahead of schedule. His current contract has three years left and normally a new deal would not be offered until next year. But these are special circumstances.

The Blues will not allow Kanté to leave for France and the 27-year-old has not asked to go. He helped Chelsea to win the Premier League title in his first season after joining for around £30 million from Leicester City two years ago.

If Kanté isn’t Chelsea’s best player then he’s a close second to Hazard. It’s right that his wages reflect his status. For another thing, something that’s imparting urgency to the matter, is that Kanté is being pursued across Europe, PSG being his most ardent suito

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