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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel names his own 'Salah and Kevin De Bruyne' after Leicester draw

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has hailed N'Golo Kante as "Unique" while likening the midfielder's influence to that of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Kevin De Bruyne.

The club's takeover is on the brink of being finalised much of the current squad could move on from Stamford Bridge as Tuchel faces a west London exodus.

Among those with question marks surrounding his future is midfielder maestro Kante following the Blues' home draw with the Foxes, Tuchel spoke out on the 31-year-old's influence, insisting he remains a "Key" player, while claiming his influence at Chelsea is on a par with that of Mohamed Salah or Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, or De Bruyne at Manchester City.

"He is our key, key, key player, but he needs to be on the pitch and play all the games," Tuchel declared.

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When probed on whether Kante was "One of the very best" of all time, Tuchel replied "For sure", before adding: "Because he's not in the spotlight, he's even more important to the team. That's why we love him so much and everybody wants to play to him."

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