Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke to the media before the Premier League leaders clash against Stoke City today.
The Italian manager dismissed speculations about Thibaut Courtois moving to Real Madrid, that have been keen on the Belgian keeper for months:
“Thibaut for me is one of the best, if not the best goalkeeper in the world,” the Blues manager said.
“He is working very well and is a fantastic goalkeeper and he stays with us, this is the most important thing and the other situations are only speculation.”
Always speaking about transfer market, Conte talked about Oscar’s possible replacement:
“In January it is always very difficult to buy because every team thinks to keep their best players, not to sell but with the club we are thinking about the best way to face the rest of the season. For sure we are thinking about our situation and our squad.”
Conte also spoke about Oscar’s super deal:
“When you have a good group, a new player can arrive into the group in a simple way, and for sure we have sold Oscar and we have money to spend, but it is important to spend money in the right way. I prefer to buy players adapted to our system that can come into our team and pass, but I repeat, it is not easy in January to find these type of players but with the club, we are working on this aspect.”
The Italian coach also spoke about Chelsea youngsters, that are ready to perform in the first team in case of need:
“We have a lot of young players and I trust in them. Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, and also we have Zouma returned.”
Conte spoke also about two youngster who came back from their loan experience, and he explained why:
“Kenedy and Charly Musonda came back from their loans at Watford and Real Betis because they didn’t play a lot and for this reason it is important for them to stay with us these weeks to evaluate the best situation for them and the team.
“It is important also to work with these type of young players to try find the right solutions at home, and if this is not possible, it is important to look around to find the solution.”