“The last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone who has the virus. “
Watford captain Troy Deeney has already confirmed that he will not return to training due to concerns for the safety of his five-month-old son, who had breathing problems, and concerns about the impact of coronavirus on blacks and those of other ethnic minorities. .
Kante’s Chelsea teammates Antonio Rudiger, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City, and Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa have all expressed concerns about the safety of the proposed restart.
Meanwhile, Chelsea confirmed Telegraph Sport’s exclusive reports that striker Olivier Giroud and goalkeeper Willy Caballero have each signed a one-year extension to their contract, which expired on June 30.
Giroud said: “I am delighted to continue my journey and my adventure at Chelsea. I can’t wait to start playing and enjoying competitive football with my teammates again. I look forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe. “
Lampard added: “Since I returned to Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general. He has great qualities to help the team both on and off the field, not only with his talent but with the example he gives every day and the experience he brings to our young team. I am very happy that this will continue next season. “
Caballero said, “I am very pleased to make this announcement. It’s a privilege to be part of this Chelsea team and the Chelsea family, in one of the most historic clubs in the Premier League.
“It’s a tough time for everyone right now, so I feel blessed by this opportunity and I really appreciate it. I want to thank my teammates for helping me do my best and thank the boss and the club for extending my contract. I am sure they will continue to demand the maximum from me and I will compete with the same energy as always. I am very happy. “
Lampard added: “I trust Willy, he trains brilliantly and is a great professional. He joined the team earlier this year and has shown his quality, and his experience in the locker room is invaluable. I am delighted that he will be with us next season. “