'Miles apart': £290k-a-week Tottenham target not close to signing new contract, could leave on a free - journalist
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'Miles apart': £290k-a-week Tottenham target not close to signing new contract, could leave on a free - journalist

Reported Tottenham Hotspur target N’Golo Kante is not close to signing a new contract with Chelsea and could leave on a free, according to journalist Simon Phillips

Antonio Conte has re-shaped his midfield options considerably during his time at Tottenham so far. 

The Italian has overseen the departures of Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso. He’s replaced the loanees with Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma but it seems he could be looking to add another midfielder to his ranks. 

90 Min reported last month that Graham Potter’s men are worried Kante may reunite with Conte at Tottenham when his contract expires. 

The £290,000-a-week midfielder has just over six-months left on his current deal with the Blues and it seems they are no closer to reaching an agreement. 

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Kante not close to signing new contract 

Phillips has told GiveMeSport that Chelsea will speak to both Kante and Jorginho about new contracts after the World Cup. 

But the journalist claims they are ‘miles apart’ in negotiations at this moment in time. 

“Talks haven’t progressed with either of them. They are expected to speak again after the World Cup, but they’ve been miles apart with terms for both players,” he said. 

“So unless one of them meets in the middle, then I can only see them both leaving as free agents. So that’s two players there that Chelsea could need to replace straight away.”

Of course, Kante is a player that the Spurs boss will know very well after managing him during his time at Chelsea. 

The pair won a Premier League title and FA Cup together, while the French midfielder admitted that he played the best football of his career under the Italian. 

“With Antonio Conte in the period we won more than 10 games in a row,” Kante told Chelsea’s official website last year

“At that time when we were going on the pitch we were very confident, the team were playing very well, we managed to dominate our opponents and to win. 

“I felt very good on the pitch. That was a beautiful time.”

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At 31, Kante is now heading towards the twilight of his career and has really struggled with injuries over the past two seasons. 

The Frenchman was viewed as one of the best midfielders in the world not too long ago but he’s already missed a total of 20 games through injury this season. 

That being said, if Kante cannot agree terms with Chelsea then he could be a really attractive option for Spurs, especially on a free transfer. 

Conte has shown he is willing to link up with former players who have performed well under his guidance. Spurs brought in Ivan Perisic over the summer on a free transfer and it went against their usual approach in the transfer market. 

The club seem to be backing Conte’s approach and if the Italian wants to take a chance on Kante, Spurs could look at bringing him in for free next summer.

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