After acquiring Benzema, the Saudi club Al Ittihad came close to securing another world football star: N’Golo Kanté. According to the journalist Fabricius Romanthe team already has an agreement with the Chelsea to sign him for two seasons.
The player will sign a contract valid for two years, with an option to renew for another one. He would have already undergone medical tests in London and is one step away from being officially announced by the new team.
According to Romano, Kanté has always prioritized staying at Chelsea and continuing to play in England. The player even negotiated the extension of his bond with the English team, but would have been seduced by the salary offer of 100 million euros (R$ 520 million) a year from Saudi Arabia.
The Frenchman, therefore, must join compatriot Benzema as Al Ittihad’s second weight reinforcement for the Club World Cup dispute at the end of this year. The team secured a place in the tournament by overcoming Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr and winning the Saudi league.
Kanté arrived at Chelsea in July 2016, shortly after winning the historic league title. Premier League by Leicester City. Before, he had already passed through Boulogne and Caen.
The defensive midfielder created a quick identification with the London team’s fans and became the team’s absolute starter. He defended the Blues for seven years and won six trophies, including the 2016/17 Premier League and the Champions League from 2020/21.
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