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Despite spending upwards of £130m on four new players, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is eager for further reinforcements to make sure the Blues are competitive in all competitions this season.

Quizzed about Chelsea transfer window during today’s press conference the Italian manager said:

“I’m very happy because these players are working very well and so hard.

“We are trying to improve.

“It’s simple, I am the coach of this team and my aim is to improve my players and my team.

“What happens in the transfer market, the club is trying to do their best.

My only task is to be focused on the pitch. This must be my focus.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lost his cool while speaking about Blues transfer activity after the defeat against Arsenal in the Community Shield last Sunday.

The Italian manager can count on four new signing that has improved his squad: Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, but he has stated also recently that he needs one more player to have a complete team.

This is, perhaps, the reason why he gave a sharp reply when quizzed on transfer market:

“I have always replied to this question,” he told reporters at a press conference.

“I hope in the future to have different questions, than if there is necessity to improve our squad.

“I have replied. My reply is always (this) one, otherwise it means I was telling you a lie. I repeat always the same.”

 

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher would not gamble on Antonio Conte‘s permanence on Chelsea bench for next season.

The current Sky Sports pundit reckons the Italian manager will be soon out of Stamford Bridge:

“I’d be very surprised if I’m sitting here in 12 months’ time and he’s the Chelsea manager,” the former defender claimed.

“I think he’s the type of manager who won’t accept the involvement from people above, especially on the back of winning the title.

“He’s not going to go quietly and it’s not great for the club when the manager is coming out and speaking the way he is.”

Carragher thinks Chelsea’s attitude toward his managers is not the best:

“What I would say is Chelsea have a business model, a very ruthless one. They’re a bit like Real Madrid in that I don’t think they value the manager like other clubs do.

“They’re not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can’t really complain. Since Abramovich came in I think they’ve won more trophies than anyone.”

 

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone dropped a big hint about Diego Costa joining back the Spanish side next January.

The Brazilian born striker was left out of Chelsea squad after falling out with manager Antonio Conte and now he’s looking for a new club.

The Colchoneros cannot sign any player in this transfer window for a market ban, but they can do it in January 2018 and that’s when Costa can return to Atletico, as Simeone almost confirmed in a press conference yesterday:

All the players want to stay, they want to achieve even better goals and get even better,” Simeone speaking ahead of the Audi Cup tournament in Germany.

Diego Costa? If he comes in January… We can’t say anything about that yet.

“I won’t speak about him now. He is a player of Chelsea. We will talk about the boys who are here now, because we have a late start to the season. That is what is important.”

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Romelu Lukaku‘s signing for Manchester United is now official and former Chelsea boss José Mourinho commented this transfer with the Red Devils official website.

The current Man United manager aimed a dig to his former club claiming the Belgian striker has just signed for the “biggest club”:

“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United. He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club.

“He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”

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Lukaku, who snubbed Chelsea prefering a move to Old Trafford, added:

“I would like to start by thanking Everton and the fans for the last four wonderful seasons, I have made some special friends and we have shared some amazing moments. However, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down.

“You could see the fight, determination and the spirit in this team during the Europa League final and I want to become a part of that. I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans but before that pre-season is where the hard work starts and I am looking forward to that first training session.”

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman coached Romelu Lukaku in the past season and knows him really well, as he knows all the details of his move to Manchester United.

The former Toffees forward was set for a Chelsea return, but he eventually opted for a transfer to Old Trafford, leaving the Blues and their fans disappointed.

However, the Dutch manager reckons the new Red Devils star made the right choice.

“We know it was one of the challenges for Lukaku,” he said speaking in the start of this pre-season.

“He took the right decision and lets hope everything goes well for him because I like him. I like the player but now it’s about Everton.”

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Ex Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is going to reject higher wages at Chelsea to join his former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to reports from Brazil.

Goal.com Brazil reports that the 34-year-old right-back has received a €7m-per-year offer from the Blues but will reject it in favour of a €5m-per-year deal with Citizens, so that he can team up with his former coach at Blaugrana, Pep Guardiola.

Dani Alves played in Juventus in the past season but decided to leave the Italian side after losing the Champions League final in Cardiff against Real Madrid, claiming he wanted to play in the Premier League before the end of his career and that before that he needed to play in Serie A to improve his tactical skills.

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During today’s press conference to preview FA Cup final against Arsenal Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked again about his future plans, and the Italian manager reaffirmed he will stay at Stamford Bridge, despite a huge offer he received from Inter, 

“At the moment the situation is very clear, if the club give the possibility to stay here and extend my contract, it’s great for me. We have the same idea, to improve the squad, I am happy for this season, I am happy to stay here, I want to stay here for many years.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed that, despite speculations insisting he would accept Inter offer in Italy, that he will stay at Stamford Bridge next year, revealing his family- that was still living in Turin this year- will move to London with him, a big change for the Italian tactician:

“My family will move to London next season,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“We are planning the future [with Chelsea], we got the base, we miss the cherries on top.

“I still have two year of contract, they [Chelsea] show to appreciate me, we share the same ideas and also the kind of project [for the future of the team].

“When you have the same pace in the construction of some things you are calm.”

 

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