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According to former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino claims Maurizio Sarri’s decision could lose force N’Golo Kante out of the Stamford Bridge.
Cascarino believes Kante could quit Stamford Bridge over the new role he is being asked to play.
The pundit revealed Kante is displeased with the more advanced position he is playing this season.
Sarri has deployed Kante further forward to accommodate summer signing Jorginho who shields the defence.
But Cascarino thinks Chelsea are playing with fire because Kante may decide the time is right for a new challenge.
“N’Golo Kante is looking like he is unhappy with the position he is playing in,” he wrote in his column in The Times.
“That is a worry for Chelsea because they could lose him if he is unsettled.
“This is a player who will be wanted by every club in Europe.
“He still looks a quality player, but I’m not convinced he’s suited to this more advanced role on the right of a midfield three with Jorginho in the central sitting role.
“When he plays in that deeper role he glides across the pitch.
“He’s everywhere in front of the back four, robbing the ball from the opposition and running at pace, passing people, feeding the more advanced players.
“In that position, he’s the best in the world, but he’s not in his present one.
“Maurizio Sarri said after Saturday’s draw with Chelsea that United are better in a physical game and I thought that was telling.
“He doesn’t want his midfielders getting involved in battles, but that is what Kante is so good at.”