Conte unsure of striker Chelsea future as Arsenal wait in wings

Date published: Saturday 18th February 2017 6:37

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits striker Dominic Solanke could choose to quit Stamford Bridge this summer, with Arsenal said to interested.

The England under-21 striker is out-of-contract at Chelsea this summer, and is believed to have grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities with the Blues.

However, while Conte has spoken to the player and is aware of his frustrations, he concedes he is as much in the dark over his future as anyone else.

“I don’t know [about his future] I should have a crystal ball to tell you about his future,” he said. “For now he is at Chelsea, I don’t know about his future. Is he leaving? I don’t know, I think this is his will.

“It is best to ask him [why]. I think for a young player to stay in a great team like Chelsea is a great opportunity. You have to respect his decision.

“I have spoken with him to try to understand his will. It is normal. We must have a great respect for every decision. His contract expires in June and he has the full will to stay in Chelsea or to go away.”

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