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Willy Caballero insists Kante has the full support of his Chelsea team-mates.

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Kante could miss the rest of the 2019-20 season amid fears of COVID-19.

Kante has safety concerns during the ongoing pandemic. [Getty]
Kante has safety concerns during the ongoing pandemic. [Getty]

Chelsea shot-stopper Willy Caballero has admitted N'Golo Kante has the full backing of his teammates after the Frenchman decided to stay away from training over coronavirus concerns.

Kante, 29, has kept his distance away from the Blues' training session since May 19.

The World Cup winner, who moved from Leicester City to Chelsea back in 2016, tested negative for COVID-19 but showed symptoms of the deadly virus hence why he has decided to stay away from the club's Cobham training ground and is ready to miss the rest of the season.

However, Argentina goalkeeper Caballero believes it's the midfield marshall's choice to protect himself amid fears of the virus, which has caused major harm round the globe.

'It's very understandable', the 38-year-old told TNT Sports in an Instagram Live interview.

'He tested negative for Covid-19 but he had a bad time of it during quarantine with symptoms of the virus that gave him that fear.

'We respect him and we'll wait until he feels comfortable because the truth is that to do what we're doing you have to feel okay and feel confidence and after we start again, we have to all go forward together.

'N'Golo is a very humble and hard-working person who is always smiling and and he must have his reasons to lift up his hand and say what he's said.'

Caballero continued: 'We did a lot of Zoom meetings with Frank Lampard and the other players and he said he didn't feel safe going back to training because of the way he had felt over the last few weeks.

'We know he's someone who loves training and running and is incapable of lying about something like this.

'We support him and we respect him.'

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