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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has bared a disgruntled figure at Stamford Bridge this season due to the board not securing any of Conte’s primary targets.
Chelsea failed to secure Conte’s multiple targets last transfer window with Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Llorente among a list of names that Conte wanted but the board failed to act upon.
And now, speaking about the inevitable departure of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez to either Manchester City or Manchester United, Conte has aimed a shot at the board for not listening to his preferred targets and for making multiple last minute signings last summer. Chelsea signed Marcos Alonso, David Luiz and Danny Drinkwater in the last few hours of the transfer window last summer, and it’s understood none were Conte’s primary choice.
Conte said: “I understand that the other teams (Manchester United and Manchester City) try to kill the other teams and to anticipate the situation. This is the real transfer market – not to wait until the last moment to buy the players.
“If you anticipate the transfer market you become stronger and you make the other team weak.
“And I have great respect for the plan of the others because everyone try to kill you.”
And asked whether he knew why the board has not gone for Sanchez in what would be a bargain buy for a superstar, Conte had no answers.
“I don’t know. I can give my opinion to my club for every situation then they have to make the best decision and that is right. I don’t know, I don’t know how I can answer you. I don’t know.”
Conte will hope that the Blues add to their squad this month after only signing Ross Barkley so far but the club have yet to be heavily linked with any suitable strikers thus far.
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