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Conte On More Chelsea Signings, Everton Clash, Hazard Return, Rooney, UCL

Conte On More Chelsea Signings, Everton Clash, Hazard Return, Rooney, UCL

By James Agberebi and Hanifat Mustapha:

Antonio Conte has said that the Chelsea are not done yet in the current transfer window as they are still open to doing business.

The English Premier League champions have signed Willy Caballero from Manchester City, got Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid and also acquired Tiemoue Bakayako from AS Monaco.

But Conte hinted that more signings could still be done before the transfer window closes.

“We have to continue to work. If we stay with these players I am very happy,” Conte said in Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s home Premier League clash against Everton.

“My focus is only on the pitch. The club is working very hard… and we will see what happens at the end of the transfer market.”

Conte said he expects his side to replicate the performance they had against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend in Sunday’s tie with the Toffees.

He added: “Koeman built a really strong team. This season they improved a lot and we must pay great attention on Sunday.

“It’s important after a really good win over Tottenham to continue in this way.

“We sent out a message to us. In an emergency situation we were able to win against a really strong team.

“After 13 wins in a row we lost, but this time we won 2-1. We must be very happy for the spirit, for the desire we showed.”

Conte expressed sadness that Wayne Rooney has called time on his international career.

“It’s great to see Everton’s Wayne Rooney playing well, but that it’s a shame he has retired from international duty.”

The former Juventus boss revealed that Eden Hazard is yet to recover fully for first time team action.

“The only player not fully fit is Hazard. He is improving and today he is playing with the Under-23s against Everton,” Conte said.

“I see him every day. It’s very important to give him the right time to recover very well. He’s an important player for us.”

And on Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League group which saw them drawn in Group C with Atletico Madrid, AS Roma and Qarabag, Conte said: “It’s a tough group but when you play these types of competition you must be prepared to face strong teams.

“It’s very difficult to say if it’s a good group stage or a bad group stage. It’s important to do our best.”

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