Ahead of a crucial clash like the one against Crystal Palace today, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte stressed again the importance to be focused just on title race and this end of the season and not to be distracted by transfer market rumours or other things that can decrease the team’s concentration in this very delicate part of the season:
“The most important thing is to try to win the league. When the season finishes, myself and the club together will talk about the right way to try to improve the team and squad.
“It will be very important but I don’t see any problems because this club has great ambition, it has in the past and it will in the future. I’m very happy to be coach of this club.
“Now I think we are doing very well, every single player is giving me 120 per cent and it’s great. For sure, when the moment arrives to talk about next season, together we will look for the right solution to improve and be stronger than this season.”
About rumours of an Eden Hazard‘s Chelsea exit and a possible move to Real Madrid he said:
“I think in a situation it’s always very important to understand whether it’s just speculation or if it’s true. In this situation, what’s very important is the will of the player because if the player is happy and the player wants to stay at a great team with great ambition, I don’t see any problem.
“I think it’s very important to feel you are staying at the right place. When you arrive to be a top player then you want to fight to win, and to be competitive for every trophy. I think together we are building something important and we have just started our building work, we are putting the foundations in place. If we are able to win the league this season we are building an incredible path.’
On Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce, he claimed:
“I’m learning a lot when we play against English teams and English coaches, I’m finding new solutions in these type of games. I have great respect for English coaches and for me it’s been very important, I feel more complete.”