The future of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has continued to be up for discussion and the reason is because he is yet to put own to paper to sign a contract extension at the club. The Blues have clearly shown that they want to keep hold of the midfielder as they have engaged him in contract talks recently but those talks are said to have hit multiple snags as they have failed to arrive at any meaningful point with the player and his agent all of the times that they have met so far.
The former Leicester City midfielder is reportedly keen to continue his legacy at Stamford Bridge and is willing to sit down with the Blues to dscuss a transfer extension. However, according to the Evening Standard, he wants the club to up their current offer if he is going to sign another contract. It is no news that Chelsea have a policy of not offering long-term contracts to players around their thirties and with Kante in this age bracket, he is hoping that the case would be different from the previous ones.
We have seen players like Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso denied long-term extensions at Chelsea based on this policy of theirs and it is looking like it’s going to be the same with Kante. A lot of Chelsea fans have urged the club to take a new contract offer to the player with his terms or something close, but a section of other fans have argued that the the Fre ch international midfielder’current injury record should be put into consideration and should be a reason why he’s not offered a long-term contract.
In a few months, Kante would be free to discuss personal terms with other clubs if he is yet to find any agreement with Chelsea and it remains to be seen if the Blues will allow the Frenchnan who has been a mainstay in their midfield for the past few seasons to leave the club on a free.
Manchester United will have only one agenda in mind as they welcome Premier League struggles Watford to Old Trafford on Saturday. They will be looking to continue their unbeaten run which they extended on Wednesday Night against Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. Anthony Elanga, a Young Boys target, was on target for his club away from home and rescued a crucial draw that would give them some confidence ahead of the second leg.
Switzerland League side Young Boys have shown interest in Elanga but due to his current form, United will not he expected to see him leave. That goal from the youngster means United head into this match having gone five games unbeaten after their shock FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough. United sit fourth in the Premier League but fifth-placed Arsenal do have two games in hand.
In the last meeting between Watford and United, the Red Devils embarrassingly lost 4-1 to Watford when the sides last met at Vicarage Road and that was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final game in charge. Watford have only won one game since beating United in November and they’re heavy candidates for relegation.
It needs to be all change at full-back after midweek. Diogo Dalot’s absence from the line-ups in Leeds and Madrid was odd and Luke Shaw’s performance level has not been high enough this month, so Alex Telles deserves a start.
With Scott McTominay still unwell, Nemanja Matic should come in to bring balance to the midfield. Paul Pogba was having a decent month until Madrid and could be the game-changer in the second-half. It is a quirk of his career he tends to get outperformed by compatriots – Geoffrey Kondogbia was the latest in midweek – and Moussa Sissoko could start for Watford.
Marcus Rashford’s poor form has gone on for 14 months and his selection was the most surprising in midweek. Anthony Elanga merits a start today.