Antonio Conte opens up on the Striker Situation at Chelsea, updates on Michy’s future

ANTONIO CONTE says he wants three centre-forwards at Chelsea, instead of two.

Michy Batshuayi scored twice as he stood in for the injured Alvaro Morata up front with Marcos Alonso scoring the third.

The Belgium hitman is expected to join Sevilla on loan before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday.

But boss Conte – who lashed out last week claiming he has no say in transfer deals – said he needs more firepower at his disposal not less.

“If you see our squad we don’t have three, four, five strikers, we have two – Morata and Batshuayi,” he said.

“We have a lot of competitions – But when you play in the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup, three strikers is the minimum.

“Then it is for club has to make the best decision if the club wants to add players or continue with only two strikers.”

Conte angered owner Roman Abramovich with his outburst last week to leave his job in the balance.

He insisted yesterday he is keen to keep the 24-year-old at Stamford Bridge even if Edin Dzeko arrives from Roma.

“We are talking about a player working with us for one year and a half,” he said of the Belgian striker.

“In that time he improved a lot in many tactical situations. He is strong physically and has a lot of space for improvement.

“We have to see what happens in the market. If we are able to take another player it doesn’t mean Michy has to go on loan.”

“I don’t know if Michy wants to stay or go on loan — it will be the player’s decision, not my decision.

“I’m ready to continue to work with these players. I’m very happy. But I don’t know what happens with the transfer market.”

The Belgian has been linked with a move to Sevilla on loan, and despite the criticism of the 24-year-old this term, he has still scored 10 times, often overlooked in Alvaro Morata’s absence.

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