Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante leaves France camp – reason revealed

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante left the France national team camp on Tuesday due to personal reasons.

RMC Sports reports that Kante had to ‘leave’ for personal reasons ahead of France’s international friendly with Ivory Coast on Friday.

The 30-year-old joined up with Les Bleus for their upcoming internationals against Ivory Coast and South Africa.

However, after linking up with the national team earlier this week, the midfielder has had to pull out temporarily.

Whether Kante will return to Didier Deschamps’ camp for the two games is unclear.

Meanwhile, France may be without Presnel Kimpembe, Hugo Lloris and Mike Maignan for the upcoming matches due to injury.

The trio are set to return on Wednesday.

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Nobody is bigger than Chelsea – Tuchel warns Rudiger

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned centre-back, Antonio Rudiger, that ‘nobody is bigger than the club, amid the player’s current contract situation at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger has been impressive for Chelsea since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January 2021.

But his contract at Chelsea will expire at the end of the season and he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign, pending an agreement with the Blues.

Talks over a new deal for Rudiger have hit a stumbling block because Chelsea are believed to be reluctant to meet his demands of a salary in excess of £200,000-a-week.

Tuchel has called for patience as the west London club sought to tie Rudiger down to a new contract.

“We absolutely accept and are fully aware of the importance of Toni and the role that he’s playing on and off the pitch,” Tuchel said. “There is no doubt about that.

“It’s not only about Toni and I mean that in the best way because we know what he’s doing and we are fully aware of it.

“In the end, we need a bit of patience. I have no update right now.”

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