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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte complaints about his club’s activity on transfer market, claiming he rarely get the players he wishes for:

“I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme,” he said speaking also the past experiences of his coach career.

“I just try to do my work. If someone arrives, good; if they don’t, then that’s fine too. I have to continue my work, either way.”

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Antonio Conte confirmed Chelsea, if needed, will be active in this January transfer window, but everything will have to start with some signings in order to loan or sell some players

“Our squad is not big,” the Italian stated.

“For this reason I think it’s impossible to send on loan one player or to sell one player if we don’t take another player”.

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Despite falling out with him last summer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims he maintains good memories about Diego Costa, who was unveiled as a new Atletico Madrid striker today, a return for the Brazilian born forward, who already played for five years in the Spanish side until 2014, when he signed for the Blues:

“It’s not right to talk about players who are not in my team and squad,” Conte told Sky Sports.

“But I thank him for his commitment and behaviour during the season.

“We won together, so I will always remember him in a positive way. We fought together and won together.”

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Last week Victor Moses played his 100th competitive game with Chelsea and the Nigerian player has now spoken with the Blues official website about this important goal.

It really means a lot [to reach 100 games for Chelsea].” – Moses said – It is a lot of games and it is good for me to make 100 appearances for a great club like Chelsea. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am happy to be here and I am enjoying my football, so I am very delighted with everything. The appearances have come quickly since the start of last season. The most important thing is I am enjoying the football, I have a great manager here who is helping every single one of us to improve and we have had a great year this year. We will do our best to finish as high as we can this season.”

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Antonio Conte revealed that he will be happy to give another chance to left-back Abdul Baba Rahman.

The Ghana international signed for Chelsea from Augsburg in summer 2015 but never really impressed at Stamford Bridge, so he was sent on loan to Schalke 04, but he picked up a really bad knee injury while at the Bundesliga side.

Almost one years has gone by since he got injured, but Baba is not fully recovered yet: the 23-year-old is trying to re-get his fitness at Cobham Training ground, so Antonio Conte has got the chance to supervise his work day by day and confessed he would like to give him one more chance:

This player is coming from a bad injury, he’s struggling a bit to recover his best form.

“I don’t know what will happen with Baba, under the human aspect I would like to give an opportunity to come back stronger, now he’s facing recovery, he is showing a great patience because he’s struggling a lot, I would be happy to give him a chance, because there is not just the player, there is also the human aspect.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Stoke, claiming there are no fresh injuries:

No, no news,all the players are available, the same of the last games,” the Italian tactician said.

“Musonda and David Luiz are improving and I think their recover is very close, for sure against Norwich they will be available.

“I guess tomorrow it will be a very difficult game against Stoke City, last season in the same period we suffered a lot to beat them at home, I remember that match very well.

“We have to go game by game, it’s normal when we have to play every two days, I have to make rotations. I give all my players the same credit. I trust all of them, it doesn’t matter if there are some changes in the starting XI.”

About the competition to finish in the Premier League top 4, he said:

“I think it’s always successful to finish in the top 4 in this league, there are six teams fighting for the title and there are just 4 spots for Champions League and 2 for Europa League, it’s normal when your competitor is doing so well, like Manchester City, it’s tough to fight for the title. But to do it for our fans and to improve our work.”

Thibaut Courtois, whose deal with Chelsea will expire in summer 2019, hasn’t renewed his contract with the Blues yet:

“He’s got a contract also for next season with Chelsea,” Conte said.

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and my staff and I are proud to have him as keeper, we’re proud to create this synergy with the 3 goalkeeper, I am very happy to have them, I hope to keep them for the next season.

“As you know very well there is a private conversation between the agent and the club, of course I hope he will stay, he is a very good goalkeeper and a very good guy.

“For sure when you are in a great club, a great project, you want to stay, I guess the family is not a big issue, there are private conversation among club, agents and players and of course I will be very happy if he will stay with us, with this great synergy also with the other goalkeepers and the goalkeeper coach.”

Eden Hazard is in the same situation and it is believed he rejected a new contract with Chelsea:

“My answer is always the same, this is a private conversation among club, agents and player. I can say the same I just said for Eden, I am proud to have him in my squad, I am very happy to work with him, he’s a really good guy, he’s space to improve but I repeat the club and agents take care of this.”

And about him staying at Chelsea next season and the upcoming transfer window, Conte said:

“I am very happy to stay here and to work with these players, I guess the transfer market and this window can be important if we are able to bring the right players. I am a coach, I have to work with my players, the club take care of th transfer market, they will decide if they have to improve the team.

“You’re talking about two important players for us, for sure it will be very important to continue with this kind of players, it’s very important to improve your team, not to sell your best players.”

On the Premier League Christmas period schedule, he said:

“Personally I am very happy to stay here, to work here, to have this time of Christmas period, I think is great not only for me but also for the players, there is a fantastic atmosphere, but I would like after this period to have a little period of rest, it would be important to have a little rest for everyone in England to prepare for the final rush, after this busy period to play after three days is tough, you pay it later, when the Champions League restart, it’s difficult to play after this period.”

About Baba Rahman, who is recovering from a bad ACL injury, he said:

This player is coming from a bad injury, he’s struggling a bit to recover his best form.

“I don’t know what will happen with Baba, under the human aspect I would like to give an opportunity to come back stronger, now he’s facing recovery, he is showing a great patience because he’s struggling a lot, I would be happy to give him a chance, because there is not just the player, there is also the human aspect.”

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Speaking to Chelsea official website, the Blues manager Antonio Conte claims his players must stay focused on their target in the Premier League.

Winning the title seems very difficult, but Chelsea must fight until the end.

“I think in this league there is great motivation for all to try to stay there and fight until the end”. – Conte said – “I don’t know if we can do this for the title because it depends on Man City who are doing something extraordinary. To win every game and draw one means you are having a fantastic run. There is great motivation to find a place in the Champions League next year, there are four places for six top teams.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed he will speak to the club directors regarding the possibility to spend on some new signings in this winter transfer window:

“We have 18 senior players, but I think this consideration must be done with the club. I will give my opinion when I speak with the club,” the Blues manager said after the win against Brighton.

“But in the end the club has always the last word, like in the summer.

“Then we will divide the responsibility with me and with the club. We will do it together.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the Boxing Day win over Brighton with these words:

“In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,” the Italian coach said.

For this reason it becomes difficult because your opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.

“In the second half we settled very well and created many chances. It was a good performance with good intensity.

“It’s the same performance against Everton, against them we showed 25 times we had shots on goal but today we scored twice. We are in a good moment of form and just continue this way.”

Speaking about title race he claimed:

“This season is different to last season. Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky, like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.

“We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.”

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Alvaro Morata will miss Everton clash after being booked in the celebration of his winner against Bournemouth the other night.

The Italian tactician showed a clear disappointment for missing the Spanish striker in tomorrow afternoon match against the Toffees:

“It is a big loss of us, but it happened and it is okay. At that moment we were enjoying the goal and I did not see the situation but I knew he tried to celebrate the goal with the ball under the shirt. It is a pity but we have to accept the decision and at the same time try in the future to pay great attention [to this].

“It is very important to see what happened because if the ref only booked him because he put the ball under his shirt, it is a pity and you can allow this celebration as you are showing your joy, but if something different happened after this then the ref judged it in a different way,” Conte concluded.

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