Conte still eager for new signings; tired of questions

Date published: Monday 7th August 2017 10:25

Antonio Conte remains desperate to add some new faces to his squad and says he is tired of fielding questions on the subject.

The Chelsea boss has added centre-back Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willy Caballero and Alavaro Morata to his ranks this summer, but Conte has made it clear he wants more depth to his team, who were beaten on penalties by Arsenal in the Community Shield.

The champions are believed to be making a £60million move for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk and after be asked again after the Wembley defeat about new recruits, Conte made his feelings clear.

“I have replied to this question [about new players]. I hope in the future to have a different question,” said Conte.

“My reply is always the same, otherwise it means I was telling you a lie.”

Striker Morata has arrived, but Diego Costa is likely to leave before the end of the month, while Bakayoko is a direct replacement for Nemanja Matic – a deal which Conte is understood to be not happy about.

Defensively, Kurt Zouma and John Terry have left, while only Rudiger has been brought in, while squad players Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah have left Stamford Bridge.

It leaves Conte’s squad looking threadbare and Sunday’s Community Shield penalty defeat did little to lift Conte’s mood.

“For sure there is disappointment to finish for the second time with 10 men against Arsenal,” Conte added, who saw Pedro red carded.  “I didn’t see the images. I didn’t see also the yellow card for Willian.

“A lot of people told me the penalty was clear. For sure there is a bit of frustration, but you know very well we have to respect referees decisions. But sometimes these decisions make you a bit angry.”

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