Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that N’Golo Kante’s recent injury history will no doubt factor into the contract negotiations with the midfielder.

The 31-year-old has just one year left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues are keen to keep him in west London.

However, Kante made just 26 Premier League appearances last season – his second lowest since joining England in 2015 – and is currently sidelined with a muscle problem.

Tuchel has admitted that this recent injury spate will impact the type of contract offer Kante will receive from Chelsea.

When asked if Kante’s injury record could be ignored in the negotiations, Tuchel replied: “You can’t. You have to consider everything that’s on the table and on the table is his potential, on the table is its influence and its quality.

“But also on the table, of course, his age, his salary and his injury rate. From there, you build up an overall picture and try to find a solution.”

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The German tactician was then asked if it was possible for Chelsea to challenge for the top honors without Kante, to which he replied: “That’s a key question and the answer may be no, but we let’s try.

“It’s much more difficult because you see the impact he has, you see the impact in the goals we concede, the number of goals we score, the number of points we have, the number of goals he scores. He just makes the players better around him.

“He gives something very unique and don’t forget, he also instills a confidence that you can’t measure. That’s why he’s a key player. But for key players it’s super important to be on the pitch and to have that impact and be on the pace.

“You can count the games he misses, but what about the first two, three or four games where he needs to get his rhythm back? Nobody counts those games, so maybe in real life , it’s even more than the matches he has is missing.

“He comes back for the first game off the bench and maybe a second off the bench and then the third still struggles a bit with confidence and pace. That’s basically the story and, yes, we have high hopes. to be able to change things around but it was a bad start.”



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