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Tottenham manager ‘likes’ Chelsea superstar set to become free agent in 2023

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte ‘likes’ Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante

Antonio Conte, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, admires Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to Italian Journalist Matteo Moretto of Relevo on Twitter (h/t Express).

The Blues star is someone the Spurs boss ‘likes a lot’. However, if the North London side were to pursue the 31-year-old, they would have to fend off Spanish giants Barcelona for the France international’s signature.

Kante is in the final year of his current contract at Stamford Bridge. And Tottenham, alongside other clubs, could take advantage of the opportunity and potentially sign the midfielder for free in the summer of 2023.

The midfielder famously won the Premier League title with Leicester City in the 2015/16 seasons. He signed for Chelsea from the Foxes in Conte’s first transfer window at his former club in 2016.

And the pair instantly found success as they lifted the Premier League together in their debut campaign at Stamford Bridge. The French national was a crucial part of the Italian manager’s team in West London.

Over the years, Kante has been pivotal for the Stamford Bridge side as they have lifted several trophies, including the Champions League in 2021. However, the midfielder has been marred by injuries in the last couple of seasons.

Will Tottenham Hotspur make a move for N'Golo Kante next summer?
Will Tottenham Hotspur make a move for N’Golo Kante next summer? (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

At Tottenham, Conte has had two transfer windows under his belt. In January 2022, the Spurs boss was afforded the signing of Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus. And in the recent summer, Yves Bissouma was bought from Brighton & Hove Albion to bolster the middle of the park.

Apart from the Uruguay and Mali international, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is also an option at Conte’s disposal at the club. Youngsters Oliver Skipp and Pape Matar Sarrare also available if need be.

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Kante has been one of the best players in world football since his time at Leicester. However, considering his recent injury troubles, the 31-year-old singing would be a gamble for any club to pursue – although he could be signed as a free agent considering his current contract expires next summer (Transfermarkt).

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