Rumour: Real Madrid line up £20m approach N’Golo Kante

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Leicester City’s hopes of keeping N’Golo Kante, 25, have suffered a serious blow with Zinedine Zidane demanding that Real Madrid activate the French international’s release clause.

The Foxes are preparing a new contract offer and hope to persuade the midfielder that his future lies in the Premier League. Having successfully kept Jamie Vardy, 29, the Premier League champions hope that this sends a strong message about their ambitions to their star players.

Despite last season’s success, they know it won’t be easy to hold onto Kante. He has been the bedrock upon which France’s progress at Euro 2016 has been built. His assured displays in the centre of Les Bleus midfield have shored up a rickety defence and drawn wide praise from observers.

French champions Paris St. Germain have already expressed an interest in signing Kante whilst Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, holds his compatriot in high regard. With three of Europe’s elite clubs chasing his signature, Leicester know that the £100,000 per week contract they are ready to offer may not be enough to stop the player leaving.

Kante himself has made it clear that he is not prepared to talk about his future until after Euro 2016 is over. With home advantage and a quarter-final against Iceland, the French expect to be playing Italy or Germany in next week’s semi-final.

Real Madrid will just have to wait.

 

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