Monday 19 August 2019

'At the moment we don't know' - Chelsea star Kante emerges as doubt ahead of Europa League final with Arsenal

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante (Adam Davy/PA)
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Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is 50-50 to take on Arsenal in the Europa League final on Wednesday night, head coach Maurizio Sarri has revealed.

The France international has missed his side's last two matches with a knee injury and may be unable to play in Baku.

Sarri said: "Very little problem with his knee. The problem is the timing. We are trying. At the moment we don't know. We will try until the last moment."

Sarri, who arrived at Chelsea last July, has recently been linked with a return to his homeland to take over at Juventus.

But the Italian said: "I want to think only to the final, then I have a contract with Chelsea for two years.

"First of all, I will speak with Chelsea. This is not the moment. Now we have to only think to the final."

Another to be linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer is playmaker Eden Hazard, who Sarri says can sometime become bored in training.

Sarri said: "It is a pleasure during the match - sometimes during the week it is a problem!

"He has to try to become the best in Europe... during the training sometimes he is boring because for him everything is really very easy."

Maurizio Sarri appeared to storm out of training on the eve of Chelsea's Europa League final clash with Arsenal.

The Blues took part in a full session at the Baku Olympic Stadium on Tuesday evening, when something seemed to get under the skin of the manager.

About an hour into the session, Sarri marched towards the tunnel and twice threw his baseball cap into the ground.

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