Friday, 12 January 2018

Interview: Antonio Conte talks about Alexis Sanchez to Chelsea, sends message to Chelsea board


Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has suggested that he has no plans to try to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, despite speaking with the player earlier this week.

While Arsenal were in West London for the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, Conte and Sanchez had a conversation in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge.

However, despite acknowledging his admiration for the Chilean international, Conte has claimed that he will not enter the race to sign the attacker, who has just six months remaining on his Gunners contract.

The 48-year-old told reporters: “I said hello. He is a great player, he knows very well that in Juventus I tried to buy him from Udinese but he went to Barcelona. He knows very well my admiration for him. So it was a good chance to say hello to him.

“No other situation or conversation. I repeat for sure I have great admiration for players and he is one of them. I stop.”

Manchester United are said to have agreed financial terms with Sanchez, who is also interesting Manchester City.

Antonio Conte was asked about the Sanchez to Man City deal in his pre-match presser ahead of Leicester City’s clash and his words were simple yet piercing if you are a Blues board member.

Conte on Man City signing Sanchez: "If Man City wants Sanchez, they buy Sanchez. They don't have a problem with money and this investment and I think it is a good investment. We are talking about a top player who you can buy with a price not so high." #CFC

— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 12, 2018

Conte on Man City push for Sanchez: "I hear that his price is around £20m but normally you are talking around £90m." #CFC

— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 12, 2018

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