Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte hints at emphasis on long-term goals at Chelsea

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has hinted that the club are putting more emphasis on youth development rather than buying more experienced and established stars.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has hinted that youth development is one of the top priorities on the Italian’s job expectations.

And Antonio Conte has named three players who he believes are the ‘future’ of the club.

Speaking at the post-match conference on Saturday after the Brighton win, Conte highlighted the progress of Charly Musonda, Ethan Ampadu and Dujon Sterling.

Musonda, 21, came on for Chelsea late in the match against Brighton but looked a bright spark with an excellent lofted through-ball for Victor Moses to finish off, gifting the young Belgian with an assist that Cesc Fabregas would be proud of.

While Ampadu, 17, has looked an assured defensive and composed player and has done remarkably well in multiple Carabao Cup games. The David-Luiz look-alike has a bit of Luiz-like aggression in him too making him a bright prospect for the future.

“These [players] are the present and the future of Chelsea. The club asks me to improve the young players, and I am doing this,” Conte said.

“Andreas Christensen is only 21-years-old and he is playing every game. We are doing an important job for this club.”

Chelsea have moved towards buying more younger players in the post-Mourinho years, and while they may be in the market for an older striker at the moment, the emphasis is still heavily on youth over old.

Chelsea take on Arsenal in the second leg of the Carabao cub semi-final at the Emirates in midweek.

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