Antonio Conte insists he will remain committed to Chelsea even if he doesn’t get the new signings he wants before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
Conte hasn’t been shy about expressing his frustration at Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets and reports over the weekend suggested the Blues boss would consider resigning if the deadline passed without new recruits joining the champions.
While Chelsea have spent £130 million on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger since the end of last season, Conte has told Blues owner Roman Abramovich he needs a stronger squad to compete for the Premier League and Champions League.
Linked with Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, Conte once again reiterated his wish for fresh faces after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton.
But the former Juventus coach made it clear he has no intention of walking out whatever happens in the transfer market.
“I think my message for the fans is always the same. I’m totally committed to the club, to improve my players and my team,” he said.
“I’m a coach, not a manager; the best of my work is on the pitch. Then for sure when you want to strengthen your squad you have to give your opinion to the club. They go to the market to try to help us; sometimes it’s possible, sometimes it’s not.”
The sale of Matic to title rivals Manchester United irked Conte and once again he made it clear that Chelsea would be vulnerable if reinforcements don’t arrive.
“There are four days to go in the transfer market. Don’t forget when we start next month we have to play seven games,” he said.
“I need to rotate my players. It’s very difficult to play seven games in a month with the same players.
“The club know very well our situation. They are working very hard.”