Friday, 5 January 2018

Antonio Conte tells Chelsea he will ‘happily’ sell two stars in January

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Antonio Conte has reportedly told Chelsea he will ‘happily’ sell David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi in January if the club can secure deals for suitable replacements.


The Times say Conte has informed Blues director Marina Granovskaia that he is willing to part ways with Luiz and Batshuayi, while he has also handed over a list of targets for the window.



Conte was vocal in his disapproval of Chelsea’s transfer activity last summer as the club failed to land a number of his top targets, including Romelu Lukaku, Alex Sandro and Ross Barkley.

The former Italy boss is said to have told the Chelsea hierarchy that he wants a new centre back, left back and striker to arrive at Stamford Bridge this month, with the current team struggling to keep pace with in-form league leaders Manchester City.



It is also claimed he is calm about the prospect of Luiz and Batshuayi departing. Brazilian defender Luiz clashed with Conte after the Champions League defeat to Roma in October and has been linked with Arsenal and Real Madrid in recent weeks.

Batshuayi joined Chelsea for £33million in the summer of 2016 but Conte does not appear to trust the Belgian, handing him just two Premier League starts this term.



After Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal, Conte once again hit out at the Chelsea board for their failure to land his top targets last summer.

‘I do not aim high with my requests, especially as in my history I’ve rarely been given the players I asked for,’ he told Sky Italia.



‘I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme.

‘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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