N’Golo Kante has insisted he is committed to Chelsea despite reports linking him with a return to his native France.
Paris St-Germain have been repeatedly linked with the midfielder, who was controversially deployed in a more attacking role by Maurizio Sarri last season.
With Frank Lampard having replaced Sarri as Blues boss, Kante is expected to revert back to his natural defensive role – all the more reason for him to be happy at Stamford Bridge.
And the Daily Express reports that the player is settled at the club and happy to stay.
Kante said: “It’s rewarding to be wanted by big clubs, when coaches want you in their project it’s nice.
“But I’m happy with my choices and feel good at Chelsea. I’m planning for the next season at Chelsea. I’m happy with my choices and to be in Chelsea.”
Chelsea’s immediate concern is getting Kante fit. He has been struggling with a knee complaint since May and recently left the club’s pre-season training camp in Japan to return to London for treatment.
He has since returned to training with the rest of the Chelsea squad and Lampard is hopeful he will be available for the Blues’ first game of the campaign, against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 11 August.