Conte gives frank assessment over January transfer targets

Date published: Wednesday 13th December 2017 11:18

Antonio Conte has delivered another honest assessment – this time after being questioned about Chelsea’s chances of bringing in their big-money January transfer targets.

The Blues boss – fresh from admitting his side could not win the Premier League title – has been asked about whether Chelsea would be adding to their squad when the transfer window opens next month.

The Blues have been heavily linked with Juventus star Alex Sandro, while Wednesday’s papers also claimed they had been rebuffed in a bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.

The Blues are also on the hunt for more cover up front, with Eden Hazard forced to play as a central striker in Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Huddersfield, with Alvaro Morata nursing a back injury and fatigue.

And asked if he was optimistic about Chelsea’s chances of adding some of their big-money targets next month, Conte responded:  “I don’t know because in January you have to wait the right time to adapt new players in our idea of football.

“I have to be realistic, we have to face this situation with these players. I’m happy to play with these players. January is too far and I don’t know what will happen on January.

“I’m the coach, I can give my opinion, but the club has to take the best decision in the summer, in January, next summer.

“We can have an idea but you can have an idea in summer. But the final decision is always the clubs. That will be the same in January. It is right to do this, I’m only the coach and not sporting director or manager.”

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