REAL MADRID have reportedly reached an agreement with Chelsea over the future of N'Golo Kante after missing out on a move for the midfielder in the summer.
Zinedine Zidane already raided the Blues for starman Eden Hazard when they made the Belgian their marquee £130million signing in June.
But the Frenchman was also linked with a move for his compatriot Kante after it was revealed that Los Blancos had compiled a detailed dossier on the star.
According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Chelsea's transfer ban, which was compounded by selling Hazard, meant they resisted attempts for the former Leicester man during the summer.
But the report adds that Madrid's good behaviour during negotiations meant they were able to strike an agreement with the Blues over Kante's future.
While the verbal contract doesn't guarantee that the 28-year-old will end up at the Bernabeu, Chelsea have agreed to notify the La Liga giants should they ever recieve any offers for the France international or decide to put him up for sale.
Kante admitted he was flattered by both Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain’s interest this summer before insisting that his future is at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “It’s rewarding to be wanted by big clubs, when coaches want you in their project it’s nice.
“But I’m happy with my choices and feel good at Chelsea. I’m planning for the next season at Chelsea.”
Kante, who still has four years left to run on the £290,000-a-week deal he penned with the Blues last year, would command up to £100m.
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Kante also showed his loyalty to the West London club by shaking his head at a fan wanting him to join Liverpool during a surprise wedding appearance earlier this month.
The humble star is no stranger to dropping by unannounced, last year showing up at a mosque in London after missing his Eurostar train - enjoying a curry and Match of the Day with fellow worshippers.
Kante, who missed international duty through injury, has also been absent for Chelsea's last two games but is set to be in contention for the clash against Wolves.