The World Cup-winning midfielder, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £32 million deal from Leicester City back in 2016, has become a key player for the Premier League side, making over 100 appearances for the club.
He has also featured in all four of Chelsea's opening Premier League fixtures but despite being in Lampard's first team plans, the Frenchman is reportedly unhappy after a fall-out with his manager.
The decision reportedly angered Kante, who is currently on international duty with France, and the 29-year-old is now seeking a move elsewhere, with Real Madrid being the 'dream' move.
Kante's representatives want to secure a transfer within the next 12 months, according to claims, despite the player having three years left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea central midfielder N'Golo Kante has a desire to leave Chelsea according to a report from the online edition of French news outlet Le Parisien. pic.twitter.com/Aw3eem4VHh
- Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) October 12, 2020
Following the shock claims, Daily Telegraph correspondent Matt Law played down the story, saying there was "no issue" between the manager and player.
"Remember, it was Lampard who granted Kante compassionate leave when he was worried about Covid. No issue between manager and player." he wrote.
Reports out of France of a problem between Frank Lampard and N'Golo Kante over a wedding are, excuse my French, total bollocks. Remember, it was Lampard who granted Kante compassionate leave when he was worried about Covid. No issue between manager and player.
- Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) October 13, 2020
Kante has been linked with a move away from Chelsea for some time, with Inter Milan keen on signing the player. It was also reported in last month that Manchester United made a shock enquiry into the availability of Kante.
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