Conte desperate to improve Chelsea squad

Antonio Conte hits out at Chelsea over sale of Nemanja Matic to Man Utd

Antonio Conte hits out at Chelsea over sale of Nemanja Matic to Man Utd

It was just 84 days ago that the battle was won and lost as Chelsea claimed a fifth title and even the players are chomping at the bit as they anxiously count the minutes to kick-off of yet another riveting season.

The 26th season of the English Premier League kicks off on Friday and football fans can not wait for the opening game between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Will new striker Alvaro Morata be as effective up front as Diego Costa, who has been told by Conte via text message that he isn't part of his plans?

Willian has revealed that he held talks with his agent over a move to Manchester United this summer.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has responded to Arsene Wenger's attack about the Italian complaining about the size of his squad ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.

"My time at Chelsea is full of great memories". Fellow Southerners Watford also caused a few upsets earlier in the season in beating Jose Mourinho's Man United in September and Arsenal in January.

Manager Antonio Conte does not appear to be one of those displeased with the Spanish global, who says his relationship with the Italian convinced him to leave Real Madrid.

After signing a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the England under-21 worldwide has headed out on loan again to Swansea to gain Premier League experience.

This season will undoubtedly be tougher, though.

Lampard believes Matic will help to transform United into Premier League title contenders this season, as he suggested Paul Pogba may be the biggest victor from the arrival of a new holding midfielder who will give him more freedom to get forward.

City is much more equipped to launch a sustained title challenge, with Guardiola close to having his ideal squad. The Chelsea legend believes that this is where Chelsea fall short of their competitors. "Players here now are so young and will stay for the future".

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk have both handed in transfer requests this off-season but have yet to seal a move.

"My focus is on the pitch, training sessions and the players".

"Pedro is not available because he is suffering from an injury he got during the Arsenal game", Conte said at his pre-match media conference.

Judging by its manager's recent history, United should be considered a major contender to win its first title since 2013.

"Europa League is not Champions League", he said.

The Premier League champions' campaign opens against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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