Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has hinted that the Blues will be busy in the transfer market next month once the transfer window opens in a fortnight.
Despite winning the Premier League title last season, Conte was left frustrated by the Blues’ transfer strategy over the summer as they missed out on a number of his top targets such as Juventus wingback Alex Sandro and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.
But things could be about to change following the resignation of Michael Emenalo as technical director last month, as Conte has urged the club to spend money on new players to help him build the squad he needs to win more trophies.
“I think when you have this opportunity to go in the market to spend a lot of money, I think it is right to do this,” the Chelsea manager said as he discussed Manchester City’s transfer spending, as quoted by The Telegraph.
“You must obviously be very good to spend your money in this way. You must be clever to understand the positions, the roles you have to improve… Every team, every club, must pay great attention.
“Because if a club like Manchester City takes all the best, it will be very difficult for us to fight. Not only in England but in Europe. If they can do this it is right for them to do this.”
Meanwhile, Conte is unhappy with the constant speculation surrounding his position as reports emerged last week that Chelsea were lining up a return for former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the season.
“Every day there is speculation about my future,” he said. “It’s not right because I think I deserve a bit of respect for what I did last season, for what I am doing this season.
“To read every week: ‘Next season the club contacts this coach or this coach’ – for me this is not a problem. But it can create problems with the players because the players believe we could [drift] apart.
“I have another year on my contract, so in this moment my focus is total, to improve my players, to try to improve the team, to try to improve the club. If you understand a bit [about] football there is a moment you must have great patience, to know that someone is working very well.
“I think last season we did a fantastic job but this job is continuing this season. We are trying to change the average age of our team. I think for a club like Chelsea it is very important to start to do this, if you want to create a new base and face the future with confidence.”