Chelsea have offered midfielder N’Golo Kante an improved contract in a bid to convince the World Cup winner to stay at Stamford Bridge and reject the advances of Paris Saint-Germain.
Kante has been offered a new five-year contract reportedly worth a club-record £290,000 a week, almost double his current salary of £150,000. If the French international signs, he would become the highest earner at the club. It would also see Kante extend his stay at the West London club until 2023, instead of his current deal, which expires at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
Since his move from Leicester two years ago, Kante had become an integral part of the Blues midfield. He won the title with Chelsea in his debut season at the club while helping them to FA Cup success last season. Arriving at Stamford Bridge as a tireless box-to-box midfielder, the French international steadily progressed into a more dynamic player under then manager Antonio Conte, improving his ball distribution skills to go along with his fine defensive attributes.
The 27-year-old midfielder showcased his imperious performances in Russia as Les Bleus went all the way to taste World Cup success. After the tournament, his international teammate Kylian Mbappe, who plays for PSG, confessed to trying to convince Kante into making the switch to the Parc des Princes. However, it is understood the midfield dynamo had no interest in a potential switch to the Ligue 1 champions and that he is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s mega-money offer for Kante is understood to be a strong signal to Eden Hazard. Like Kante, Hazard has been the subject of interest from other clubs, most notably Real Madrid. Chelsea hope that mega-money offers would convince both of their key players to remain at the club. Hazard is currently the best-paid player at Chelsea at £220,000-a-week, with the Belgian ace yet to sign a new offer from the club reportedly worth upwards of £300,000-a-week.