N’Golo Kante: Real Madrid talk is ‘not important’

N’Golo Kante has downplayed reported interest from Real Madrid by insisting that his sole focus lies at Chelsea.

The France international’s consistently strong performances at the heart of the Chelsea midfield have helped the club win the Premier League and the FA Cup since arriving from Leicester City in 2016 in a £32m deal.

However, this season has proven to be Kante’s most challenging one to date at Stamford Bridge in his new role.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri shifted Kante out of his preferred holding midfield role in favour of his former Napoli star Jorginho, who has been frequently criticised for his lacklustre start to life in English football.

Therefore, Kante has been linked with a summer exit from Chelsea as the club face the very real threat of going a second consecutive season without Champions League football.

The west Londoners are currently sixth in the Premier League standings and FIFA’s two-transfer window ban will make them an unattractive destination for top talent.

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And reports have suggested that Real Madrid are admirers of Kante, who may be tempted into going over to the Santiago Bernabeu to play under French legend Zinedine Zidane.

But Kante, who signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea last November, insists he remains focused on Chelsea.

“I am at Chelsea and I still have aims here, what is said elsewhere is not important,” Kante told RTL.

When asked what he would do if Zidane were to call him personally, Kante replied: “That is not important. I am at Chelsea and I am focused on that.”

The former Leicester City midfielder has managed four goals and assists in 43 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea this season.

Kane is currently on international duty for France and played the full 90 minutes as they defeat Moldova 4-1 on Friday in the opening game of their Group H Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

NICE, FRANCE – JUNE 01: N’Golo Kante of France in action during the International Friendly match between France and Italy at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Nice, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

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