Amid talk of Manchester United targeting a move for Eden Hazard, Antonio Conte was quick to point out that there are a ‘lot of rumours’ doing the rounds in January and that his players must remain focused on the task at hand.
Jose Mourinho is keen for a reunion with the Belgium international at Old Trafford and is said to be preparing a huge £90million bid for the Chelsea attacker.
With David Luiz also linked to Arsenal, and Kenedy believed to be a target for Newcastle, there’s plenty of talk that Conte’s players could be pushing for the Stamford Bridge exit door in January.
However, the Blues boss remains keen to add to his squad in the winter transfer window and has advised his players to avoid focusing on anything away from the pitch in case they ‘disturb’ them.
‘A difficult period is starting,’ he said regarding deals for Hazard and Luiz. ‘Especially for every player, for every coach.
‘In this period there are a lot of rumours. Some rumours are true, some are wrong. We must be ready to face this situation and I think the best way for me is don’t read, don’t read and only chat with the club and then to try to improve our squad if this is possible. If, I repeat, this is possible.
‘There are a lot of rumours now. We must be ready to face these rumours. We must go game-by-game also because we have to play every three days. It’s not right that these rumours disturb us.
‘I repeat, in this period there are a lot of rumours. We have to leave these rumours and for sure my players are very clever to be focused on this period to play, go game-by-game and don’t listen to these rumours. A lot of these are not true.’
Conte is clearly more focused on adding to his squad than losing players, with Ross Barkley and Thomas Lemar among those linked with a move to west London.
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