Conte discusses future of Liverpool-linked Solanke

Date published: Friday 17th February 2017 2:50

Antonio Conte has confirmed that striker Dominic Solanke is likely to leave Chelsea in the summer.

Solanke has been with the Stamford Bridge outfit since 2004, having joined the club when he was just seven.

The 19-year-old made his debut for the club in October 2014, being introduced as a second-half substitute in a Champions League group-stage game against NK Maribor.

But he has not made an appearance since, and after being loaned out to Vitesse last season, the forward is understood to be disillusioned with life at the club.

He is reported to be demanding a new £50,000 contract to stay, and according to a Sun exclusive, he ‘is ready to join’ Liverpool.

Celtic, Everton, Sunderland and Newcastle are also thought to be interested in the forward, but any club hoping to sign him will be expected to pay at least £8million in compensation.

On Friday, manager Conte confirmed that Solanke wishes to leave.

“I think this is his will,” Conte. “This question is better to ask him. I think for a young player to stay in a great team is a great opportunity.

“We have to respect every decision. Obviously I have spoken with him to try and understand his will.

“I repeat we must respect every decision. His contract expires in June. I wish for him and his family in the future. I am not sure.”

The Italian added: “The academy is doing a really great job.

“In my squad, I have a lot of young players from the academy. Chalobah, Ake, Loftus Cheek, Ola Aina. A lot of young players are in my squad.

“The young players who stay with me because they deserve it. It is not a gift. It’s important to be clear about this.”

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