Full transcript: Conte talks about Michy, Morata, Hazard, Bakayoko, Rudiger, leaving Chelsea and more

Will Michy be used more next season?

“I think Michy is working very well this pre-season and it is very important to score goals. It is very important to go into the idea of our football and if he scores then I am happy.

“For sure his confidence is improving a lot in this pre-season and it is important to continue to work very hard to try to improve.”

How happy are you with the strength of the squad?

“Now it is very soon to speak about this.”

Will Rudiger play tomorrow?

“I think Rudiger will play one part of the game tomorrow. He arrived and trained with us only two days and now it is very important to find a good fit as soon as possible for him and for the whole team. For sure if there is the possibility tomorrow we hope to see him for part of the game.”

Are Chelsea favourites for the title?

“Chelsea won the title last season, but we know very well what happened the last two seasons in England. With Chelsea before and then with Leicester. For this reason we must pay great attention.”

Manchester United and City spending, are those two teams going to challenge the most?

“It is normal with every team to try to reinforce their squad, to strengthen their squad and the quality and physical aspect, it is normal this. For sure in England this season it will be a great challenge for all the great teams.”

What positions do you want to strengthen?

“The club and I speak every day on the way to strengthen this team and the squad. We know very well which are the positions.”

What did you make of Inter’s win over Bayern?

“I think they played a really good game, with the right intensity and they must be pleased for the game.”

Three-man defence last time, more variation next season?

“I think we found our right identity last season, with the system, and we are continuing this way because I think I have the players with the right characteristics for this system.”

How is Morata integrating into the rest of the squad so far?

“For sure he is working very well and is putting himself into the work these days. I think it is very good and working very well. It is important to have a bit of time to adapt to our philosophy of football, for sure I have seen great will from the player to find this very quickly.”

What will be the biggest challenge to defend the title?

“For me every season is a big challenge. I was lucky in the past to win the title in a different way. It is always a difficult challenge.”

Will Morata start against Inter?

“It will be a good option to see Morata from the start. We have our last game before Arsenal and for me it is very important to bring my players in a good fit as soon as possible. For this reason we will play with our strongest starting XI.

“I’m pleased with the pre-season as I saw the right commitment from my players, they are working very well. It is great. It is a pleasure or me to see this. Pre-season for every team means work. We were lucky to have one week to prepare in our country and then to go and have this type of pre-season. It is not easy but this is modern football.”

Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko injury update

“It is difficult to say because arrive after a bad injury, after ankle surgery, it is not easy to programme the date to come back. We hope for them to recover very well. Their is recovering very well. You know the importance of these players.

“We will not rush them back as every player must be in the best of form to play, otherwise they are put in a bad position which could be damaging for the team.

“Bakayoko is in a similar position like Eden.”

What about the Eden Hazard to Barcelona rumours?

“I don’t know anything about this situation. In the past I read a lot of stories about Hazard with Real Madrid. And now Barcelona. But this is the transfer market, we must understand this.

“He is very happy to stay with us and to play for Chelsea.”

What about you going to Inter?

“I prefer to remain in England and speak about our league because for me the most important thing now is in England and not in Italy.”

Have any young players made a claim?

“With young players it is always very difficult to speak because I saw that around young players there is always a great debate.

“In this pre-season every young player’s attitude was very good but you know very well that when we come back in Cobham I have to take the right decision and see what is best for the team, the club and also for the young players.”

“I don’t think it has changed in football. Football is the same and young players found the same difficulties in the past. I tell you only one thing – if a young player is a good player, a strong player and is ready to play, why not? I played my first game at only 16 but I played with Lecce and we were fighting relegation. Not with Juventus fighting to win the title.”

Flattering that Inter wanted you?

“It is not important now to speak about this situation, now the most important thing is that I’m happy to stay here, to work with Chelsea and I’m happy to renew my contract for another two years. I see my present at this club and I also hope my future, for two years at least.”

Did they contact you?

“I repeat, it is not important.”

Will we see the best of Chelsea at the beginning of the season?

“For me it is very important to the players who work with me and to understand my idea of football. For Bakayoko, for example, at the moment he doesn’t know anything about my idea of football.

“For sure, he needs a bit of time to adapt and understand and this is the great difficulty for a coach that has an idea of football and wants to give an identity. When you take a player you need a bit of time to bring the player into your idea. It is the same now for Morata and for Rudiger. For sure, if the player arrives as soon as possible, it is easy for me.”

Any more incomings?

“About the transfer window, my club knows very well my idea, which positions we need to strengthen and if this is possible it is okay, if not we continue this way.”

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