Former Republic of Ireland star Tony Cascarino has said that Ngolo Kante will leave Chelsea because Maurizio Sarri has handed his role to another player at Stamford Bridge.
Kante has been used in a more advanced role under Sarri with Jorginho protecting the back four.
Speaking to The Times, Cascarino said: “N’Golo Kante is looking like he is unhappy with the position he is playing in.
“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.”