Kante stunner! Jenas makes stunning Sarri claim that leaves Chelsea fans shocked!
Former England midfielder Jermain Jenas has claimed Maurizio Sarri is laying the groundwork to phase N’Golo Kante out of his Chelsea starting line-up.
Kante has played a pivotal role in the Chelsea line-up for the last few season, helping the club to Premier League and domestic cup success, by doing a world class job of protecting that back-line.
However, Sarri has attempted to reinvent Kante in recent weeks and stationed him further out wide while he looks to ply Jorginho in that holding role position, something many in the media have criticised.
And despite the fact Kante has just signed a whopping £300,000-a-week contract to stay at Stamford Bridge, Jenas believes Sarri is laying the ground work to phase the Frenchman out of the side.
‘The longer Maurizio Sarri is at Chelsea, something tells me that at some point he will try to phase out N’Golo Kante,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘That sounds crazy. It is crazy. It makes no sense to get rid of the best central midfielder on the planet. But the fact is Sarri just does not see Kante in his system.
‘He is making Kante play in a different way to what made him the best in the world. Can you imagine Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira being told to change positions? Not in a million years.
‘Keane didn’t play on the right of a three, and nor did Vieira. They are the generals. What Sarri is saying to Kante is that you are not the general. Jorginho is my general. That is a bit of a slap in the face.
‘Kante could kick off but he is not going to do that. He is a top pro and wants to play for Chelsea.
‘That is the right thing to do. But it does mean you are probably going to get a few more average Kante performances. You are getting a diluted performance.’
Could Sarri really be looking to phase Kante out?
Kante is one of the best players at Chelsea and one of the best players in world football, so the idea that Sarri could be phasing the Frenchman out would come across as crazy to many Blues fans.
However, Kante may decide to leave the club if he continues to be playing out of position, as he is not looking like a player that deserves his £300,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge.