Conte ready to sell players
Antonio Conte stated that he has a clear idea of the team he needs in order to compete in the Premier League next season.
He said that he has been preparing the team in the pre-season with an enlarged group and that it is now time for him to reduce the group to a more manageable size. He was speaking after the game that saw the London side beat Milan in a friendly match.
Antonio Conte said that he was impressed with Oscar performance in the game and believes that the player has a lot to give to the team. He admitted that the Brazil international was quite poor last season, but he thinks that he can be a good player. Conte said that not only Oscar had a bad season last term, but many other Chelsea players did not perform to the best of their abilities last season.
However, the new manager believes that this is a new season and that each player will be given a new chance to prove themselves. He said that after the pre-season matches he has got a better idea of his team and believes that he is ready to conduct a clear out in the team. He said that there are players that are going to go out on loan while others might be sold as they do not form part of his plan.
It is clear that there are some younger players that Antonio Conte will allow to leave on loan so as to gain some experience while there are some older players that the Italian manager believes that are surplus to requirements. He said that he would need to speak with the club first before telling the players that they will have to leave. Conte believes that he has a strong squad to compete for the Premier League title and is confident ahead of the new season.