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Chelsea agree contract extension with midfielder until 2026 with option of further year



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Chelsea have reached an agreement with N’Golo Kante over a new contract, according to reports.

The 31-year-old is out of contract this summer and negotiations with Chelsea have been ongoing for some time over a new deal.

In recent weeks, Chelsea had become increasingly confident of tying the Frenchman down beyond this summer following the January departure of Jorginho to Arsenal.

The final issue to be ironed out was the length of Kante‘s new deal, with the midfielder wanting a three-plus-one year deal, while Chelsea were keen on offering him an initial two years with the option of a further year.

Due to Kante’s injury problems which have seen him make just two appearances in the Premier League this season, the last coming back in August against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea’s approach to negotiations looked to be cautious.

However, it’s now been revealed by Foot Mercato that an agreement has now been reached between Chelsea and Kante.

Kante has got his wishes and has agreed to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2026, signing a three-year-deal, with the option of a further year until 2027.

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He is currently nearing a return from his hamstring injury that forced the midfielder to undergo surgery in October.

Kante returned to training earlier this month for the warm-up sessions, and stepped up his road to recovery by joining in for part of Monday’s session at Cobham.

Chelsea have a whole host of contract decisions to make this summer, with the new owners wanting to avoid players going into the final two years of their deals – let alone their final one.

Decisions over the futures of the likes of Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are all likely to be made, with an overhaul expected in west London to reduce and refine Graham Potter’s squad.

The Chelsea head coach told the hierarchy to resolve Mount’s contract situation as soon as possible, stating: “It’s always complicated. There is always negotiation. It’s best I leave it with Mason and the club. That’s the best way for that to be dealt with.

“He has been fantastic to work with, an important player for us. Of course, I hope it gets resolved quickly.”