The Blues boss admits Asmir Begovic and Branislav Ivanovic could leave Stamford Bridge before January deadline day.
Antonio Conte has now admitted that Asmir Begović and Branislav Ivanovic could be on the way out before the end of the current January transfer window.
However, the Italian boss stated that the Blues will only sanction the departure of Begović if they sign another goalkeeper to backup Thibaut Courtois.
“It’s the same situation as for Iva (Ivanovic). There are three days to finish this transfer window. The situation is very clear with Asmir,” Conte said in the press conference after both played a role in the 4-0 win over Brentford in the FA Cup.
“Asmir is a really important player for me, a really good goalkeeper, important in the changing room. We are open to offer him the possibility to go in another team, but it’s important we have a substitution. We have some situations we are seeing, but we are not closer. He loves Chelsea, his teammates, the club. We have a really good relationship and for sure it won’t be a problem.”
“First of all, I’m pleased for Iva. He scored a goal and that is always a great joy for a player,” Conte said. “In this situation, it’s important to evaluate a lot of things, above all for the player. He hasn’t played a lot for us this season. I know when a player has the habit to play every game and it happens that you’re not playing regularly, it’s not easy to accept this decision,” Conte said.
“Iva knows the situation well. I’m pleased if he remains here with us, but in this situation, the player must make the best decision for him and his family. I’m ready to accept any decision. He deserves great respect for his career at Chelsea. He has played a lot of games, he has won a lot, and we have to respect his decision.”