Inter Milan were credited with an interest in N’Golo Kanté in the last window, but they failed to get him out of Chelsea.
The midfielder made it to the France squad for the ongoing international break and Le Parisien explains he arrived at Clairefontaine with a ‘big smile’.
It’s claimed the 29-year-old ‘looked grim’ at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks as his relationship with Frank Lampard has gone cold.
The World Cup winner wanted to take a day off from Chelsea’s training to attend his friend’s wedding, which wasn’t allowed.
‘Lampard was inflexible and did not comply with the request of his defensive midfielder’ and the ex-Leicester City star has ‘struggled to accept’ his manager’s decision.
Kanté’s contract lasts until 2023 and his entourage believe “A transfer will be easier to achieve next year”.
Antonio Conte wanted to sign the France international since the start of the last window, and the player was ready to reunite with his former manager at the San Siro. A deal never took shape and the report adds Inter would ‘undoubtedly’ be in the running to acquire his services after this season.
Le Parisien also explains Kanté ‘still dreams of Real Madrid’ as the La Liga winners are his ‘favourite club’ since childhood.
The report only states Kanté ‘dreams’ of a Real Madrid move and there’s no mention if there is any interest from Los Blancos in signing him.
With the window closed, Lampard’s man has set his sights on succeeding with Chelsea and France until next summer.