Chelsea fans be ready to celebrate: Conte reveals his transfer plans for rest of the window
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Chelsea fans be ready to celebrate: Conte reveals his transfer plans for rest of the window

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed he hasn’t ruled anything out with the transfer window coming to a close.

With the August 31 deadline coming up, the Italian believes he could still add to his Blues side.

Conte was speaking after his side picked up three points in their Premier League opener against West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “It’s important to have contact every day with the club.

“The market is very crazy, the club knows my ideas and it’s important to find the right solution to improve this team, not to buy for the sake of it.

“We are waiting for the right solution but I’m very happy to have these players because every day they show me a great attitude.

“There are two weeks and we’ll pay attention if we find the right solution that’s fine.”

Chelsea have so far only signed two players, N’Golo Kante from champions Leicester and Michy Batshuayi from French side Marseille.

But they have been linked with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in recent weeks.

The Blues are desperate to compete for the Premier League title once again after a disastrous last season which saw them finish 10th.

Antonio Conte will primarily be delighted that his Chelsea reign has started with a victory, thanks to Diego Costa’s late goal in the 2-1 win over West Ham, but he’ll also be reasonably pleased with his side’s overall performance.

Chelsea lacked creativity in central positions and generated few clear-cut chances, but the structure of the side was obvious, and Chelsea controlled the game for long periods.

The Italian was famed for his 3-5-2 formation at Juventus and arrived at Chelsea determined to play the 4-2-4 system once considered his forte, but this was unashamedly a 4-3-3, the shape Chelsea have played on and off since Jose Mourinho’s arrival in 2004.

It might be a new era, but this was a familiar system, with N’Golo Kante the only major arrival. Even then, it felt somehow natural to see him sitting deep in the Makelele role.

 

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