Transfer Roundup: Morata’s message for Alonso, Christensen illness update, Conte wants Vidal

Alvaro Morata has thanked team-mate Marcos Alonso for the help he has given him settling at the club.

He said: “I am happy too for Marcos.

“He is a very great person and very good player and I am very happy for all the team that we got the three points.

“I need to say thanks to everyone, the Spanish players in the team because they helped me to settle well at Chelsea and in London.

“It is a little bit different in Spain [at Christmas], I had holidays and in Italy too, but I am really enjoying this Christmas time playing and the most important thing is for the supporters, if we win they are happy.”

Antonio Conte admits he had to replace in-form defender Andreas Christensen for Tuesday’s win over Brighton due to illness.

He said: “To have a base of 18 players – very strong – then to try to make the rotations because it’s very difficult for the players to play every three days.

“To have this type of rotation you have to work a lot because [against Brighton] for example David Luiz was out with an injury then at the last moment Andreas Christensen was sick.

“And I had to find the solution to play with [Gary] Cahill for the first time in the middle with [Antonio] Rudiger and [Cesar Azpilicueta].

“It means that behind you have a lot of work otherwise you risk to change the position of your players.

“We have just started this path. In this season we wanted to improve our squad – the numerical aspect, to try to improve the quality of the team.

“But at the same time to play in this country and to face many competitions it’s very important to have many players in your squad.”

Christensen will be back on Saturday to face Stoke city which means, Rudiger will be dropped.

Conte has refused to rule out a move for Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal.

He said: “I must be honest, it’s not right to talk about a player of another team.

“Especially if you try to link this player with us.

“Arturo is a fantastic player.

“I have great respect for Arturo, and we spent many years in Juventus together.

“I said if I have to go to war, I will go with him.”

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