Antonio Conte on Eden Hazard Rumours, Nemanja Matic Sale

  • Antonio Conte on Eden Hazard Rumours, Nemanja Matic Sale

Antonio Conte on Eden Hazard Rumours, Nemanja Matic Sale

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has dismissed reports that Eden Hazard could join Barcelona and said the Belgium global is "very happy" playing for the Premier League champions. "He has had a lot of time to build his squad, and he's the right choice for them". "I'm sure about this".

But Conte is adamant he made it clear to Costa during last season that he would be sold in the summer if a buyer could be found, so the text exchange was only reinforcing that message. They have the same potential as last season when they were prepared (had a squad big enough) to play in the League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. Chelsea have signed striker Alvaro Morata, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, defender Antonio Rudiger and goalkeeper Willy Caballero, but all are replacements rather than additions.

"For me and for my players, the best way now is to be focused on the pitch, to work, to try to improve and don't think of the other situation".

In a sign that Conte is aware of the risk that his new recruits might not settle quickly in England, newspapers have said he is still hoping to sign three or four British-based players before the season kicks off on 12 August. "I'm sure about this", Conte said.

"It's important for me that the club knows my opinions about the number that we need".

Quizzed on what answers he had received on this topic in his talks with the board, Conte responded: "We have to wait". The situation is the same as what I said in the past: the player, his agent and the club knew very well the future of the player.

Having just won the Premier League, the Pensioners can offer Hazard Champions League football, a good lifestyle in London and a very real chance of collecting two titles in two seasons. "At the end of the season, I think we were very lucky and very good to have not a lot of injuries". Every system needs to improve season by season, year by year'.