Chelsea World Cup winner set for SHOCK Saudi switch

Tom Hancock
Tom Hancock
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N’Golo Kante could be the latest European star heading to the Saudi Pro League, as his Chelsea future remains up in the air.

There is also said to have been interest from PSG and Serie A in the veteran midfielder – who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Kante had seemed set to stay with the Blues after reportedly agreeing a new deal in February, but, so far, the 32-year-old has not put pen to paper.

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Now, according to 90min, the France international – a 2018 World Cup winner – has received an approach about a possible switch to Saudi Arabia.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr in January, having had his Manchester United contract terminated back in November – while only on Thursday, Karim Benzema appeared poised to sign for recently crowned champions Al-Ittihad.

Lionel Messi has also been strongly linked with a move to the Gulf State when his PSG contract expires at the end of the month.

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Kante has made 269 appearances for Chelsea
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Kante joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016, having played in integral role in Leicester’s unprecedented Premier League triumph of 2015/16 – and went and repeated the feat with his new club in 2016/17.

Renowned as one of the best combative midfielders in the game at his peak, Kante has also tasted glory in the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.

Speaking last month about his future, Kante told Sky Sports he was eager to be a part of Chelsea’s new era. He said: “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.”