Makelele demands more from Chelsea star who can be ‘better than him’

Makelele demands more from Chelsea star who can be ‘better than him’

N’Golo Kante has been told by Chelsea legend Claude Makelele that he needs to ‘do more’ to help the team offensively.

The former Blues midfielder made the claim prior to the goalless draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

The France international started for just the second time in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel against United.

Kante produced an impressive performance in nullifying the threat of Bruno Fernandes. However, Makelele is convinced his fellow countryman can do more to help the team.

He told Chelsea’s Matchday Live show: “For me, I expect more from N’Golo Kante because he can be better than me. He needs more communication with his defenders.

“You want him to have more responsibility, more power to say: ‘I’m here. You do this behind me and I’ll do this in front of you’. He can have leadership in this team.

“I know Kante is shy, never talks, he just wants to do his job. But I think he can do more.”

When directly asked what Kante can do to better his own game, Makelele admitted that he would like to see him contributing more to the attacking side of Chelsea’s game.

Makelele added: “He can help more the offensive players to do their job in a good way. He should be the security in front of the defenders.”

Kante has made 31 appearance in all competitions for the Blues this season, contributing just two assists in that time.

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Milan tempted by Tomori deal

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says the purchase option in Fikayo Tomori’s loan deal is “very high”.

The Chelsea defender joined Milan on loan in January and he has been a hit for the Rossoneri.

The 23-year-old, who was born in Canada, has made three Serie A starts and recorded three wins for Milan.

Tomori started at centre-back against Roma on Sunday and helped Milan to a 2-1 win in what was his seventh appearance for the Italian giants.

His loan deal was sanctioned by old boss Frank Lampard after falling out of favour. The England hopeful had only featured once in the Premier League this season under Lampard. Thus he was allowed to move on, with a purchase option included.

Tomori’s loan deal runs until the end of the season with an option to buy reportedly set at £25m, plus £5m in add-ons.

Maldini has revealed that Tomori has adatped well to life in Italy and permanent move could be on Milan’s radar. Read more…

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