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Conte: It's been a 'disaster' convincing Chelsea board to sign players

12 February 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that the growing speculation surrounding his potentially uncertain future at the club is not affecting his players, claiming it would have been the case from the opening day of the season if that were true.

Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, but their failure to replicate last season's form has led to questions about the size and quality of the squad, with the side in fifth on 50 points, 22 behind leaders Manchester City. My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect. "In terms of their mentality also. for this, I'm very good", Conte was quoted as saying by British media.

"Honestly I don't think talk about my future can affect the players", he added.

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"In this aspect I can improve a lot". When I was the coach of Juventus, he was Roma's coach. Yes.

"I think that I'm the type of coach who, if I have a player who is a six [out of 10], I bring him to an eight".

When it was put to Conte that he might be too adept at improving players for his own good when it comes to convincing his clubs to spend more, he replied: "You are not the first person to suggest this, to tell me this".

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That occurred when Conte was at Juventus and while Enrique - who is now on a break from management after leaving Barcelona - was in charge of their Serie A rivals Roma. I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect.

However, the Daily Mirror have now revealed the huge financial hit Chelsea will have to take if they do decide to part ways with the former Juventus coach.

"We are talking about a team that is fourth in the league [before the start of the weekend fixtures], is preparing to face the game against Barcelona, we are in the FA Cup competition and we reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup", he explained. I have spoken with him, " said Conte. I have, usually, a great respect.

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Conte: It's been a 'disaster' convincing Chelsea board to sign players