Chelsea Roundup: Hazard – Asensio Claim, Neville Slams Transfers, Conte Return

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Friday February 2

Conte wants return

06:55: Italian football federation chief Roberto Fabbricini claims Antonio Conte wants to manage his country again.

“The names are the ones you’ve already heard,” he told reporters.

“[Roberto] Mancini was in Rome but we didn’t speak with him.

“Conte seems eager to rejoin the Azzurri, [Carlo] Ancelotti opens and closes the door while [Claudio] Ranieri remains in the mix.

“There isn’t a favourite, but we have to look at the positives and negatives.

“Whoever has made Italian football proud will be taken into consideration.”

Neville slams transfers

06:05: Gary Neville has questioned Chelsea’s transfer business amid speculation Antonio Conte could leave Stamford Bridge.

“I look at these signings, and I look at that transfer window, and I think that could take a couple of years to undo,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Debate show.

“It’s so geared to a system, the five at the back.

“If something happens to Conte… it’s unlikely that he’ll be there [beyond the end of the season].

“A new manager has got to pick up that squad with that system.

“You look at those players, [Olivier] Giroud is there to play as a single striker, [Davide] Zappacosta wing-back, Marcos Alonso wing-back, David Luiz one of a back three.

“You think, it’s tailored to that three as a back.

“You have to unravel quite a lot system-wise, there’s a lot of risk in those signings.”

Hazard – Asensio claim

05:15: Eden Hazard has reportedly told Alvaro Morata that Marco Asensio will swap Real Madrid for Chelsea in the summer.

The Belgian winger has long been linked with a move to the La Liga giants after making his mark at Stamford Bridge.

And Don Balon claim he believes he will trade places with Asensio come the end of the current campaign.

Asensio has been talked up as a Chelsea target and his fringe status may see him offered as bait to secure a deal for Hazard.

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