N’Golo Kante’s relationship with Frank Lampard ‘cold’ after summer decision

N’Golo Kante’s relationship with Frank Lampard has reportedly “gone cold” in recent weeks after the Chelsea boss refused to grant him time off to attend a friend’s wedding.

Kante was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, having been identified as a top target by former manager Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

In the end the Italian club failed to submit an offer, nevertheless, meaning he has remained a Chelsea player until the January window at least.

Lampard spoke regularly about his desire to keep Kante over the summer, yet French outlet Le Parisien claim his relationship with the midfielder has since deteriorated.

When he arrived at Clairefontaine to meet up with the France squad last week, Kante is said to have appeared in good spirits after looking “grim” at Chelsea in recent weeks.

It is believed Lampard rejected his request to take a day off from Blues training to attend his friend’s wedding, a decision which he has struggled to accept.

The 29-year-old’s entourage therefore believe a move away from Stamford Bridge will be easier to achieve next year.

Inter would undoubtedly be in the running to prise Kante away from Chelsea in 2021 amid Conte’s admiration for him, although with over two years still to run on his current contract he will not come cheap.

The player himself reportedly dreams of playing for Real Madrid after supporting the Spanish champions in his childhood.

Los Blancos have not been touted as a realistic destination for him just yet, although fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane may look to explore a potential deal for his compatriot next summer if he becomes available.

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Kante has made 175 appearances for Chelsea, winning the Premier League title under Conte in his debut season at the club.

He has also picked up the FA Cup and the Europa League in his time at Stamford Bridge, where he moved to after playing a key role in Leicester’s shock 2015/16 Premier League title triumph.

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