Friday, 15 December, 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: I don't want Arsene Wenger's sympathy

Antonio Conte told the striker he is not part of his plans ahead of the Premier League season Antonio Conte told the striker he is not part of his plans ahead of the Premier League season
Rita Gibson | 12 August, 2017, 06:51

When asked about the situation, Wenger said: "I have sympathy for him".

"If the club decides to send on loan the players for development it means the players are not ready to play for Chelsea".

Conte kept his counsel on Chelsea's transfer business, with the summer window open until August 31. But sometimes I think you must accept this insane summer transfer market. My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team. "But sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market, and sometimes you must accept different decisions". This must be my focus during this period.

"To come to a club like Chelsea and be number one, and to have to follow someone who's done it very well in Diego Costa, there's pressure".

Frank Lampard has stated that Chelsea require a "plan B" to retain their Premier League title and believes Antonio Conte has some work to do in the transfer market this summer.

"We played against a very good side".

"Antonio Conte has to go through those two first before he gets to Roman Abramovich and that's where the problem lies".

Last season, Burnley lost 3-0 at Chelsea and drew 1-1 at Turf Moor but Mee believes that results early in the last campaign, including home wins over Liverpool and Everton and a draw at Manchester United, are a cause for optimism.

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With the situation uncertain, Conte was forced to repeatedly bat away questions about Costa during his most recent press conference ahead of his side's clash with Burnley.

Chelsea then said that there's "nothing to report [on Diego Costa]" before explaining the situation when the cameras were switched off. Costa's situation is not thought to be a distraction with the Blues insisting that they have moved on, at least from a footballing perspective.

Nemanja Matic's name is echoing strongly at Chelsea over the past couple of weeks as it becomes apparent that Antonio Conte might have been against his sale to Manchester United.

Striker Alvaro Morata was signed from Real Madrid for a reported fee rising to £70million and could make his Premier League debut against the Clarets.

Morata made an uninspiring start to his Chelsea career last weekend when he came on as a substitute in the Blues' loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

Pedro would have been an option to replace the suspended Victor Moses at right wing-back.

The Blues are 2/9 favourites, with Sky Bet, to win their opening game of the season at Stamford Bridge this Saturday.

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