Chelsea supporters owe Antonio Conte patience as new squad takes shape

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Diego Costa and Kenedy are expected to be part of Antonio Conte's summer clear-out after the Chelsea boss confirmed that the two players are not in his plans ahead of the coming season.it came as Chelsea issued an extraordinary rebuttal of claims made by Costa's lawyer.

Chelsea lost to Arsenal twice last season, including May's 2-1 FA Cup final defeat and Conte is expecting another tough encounter against Arsene Wenger's side in the Community Shield match. "Otherwise the number is always less and we are in trouble".

Matic swapped Premier League champions Chelsea for the opportunity to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in a move reported to be worth £40million on Monday.

"Why? There are many reasons that suggest to me that next season will be very tough - the most hard of my career".

He added (via the Metro): "It's very important to try and improve our squad, above all under a numerical aspect. We need more players, not at top level like Neymar, to improve our squad both in terms of quality and the size of it".

Manager: Antonio Conte left a huge impression on English football in his first season in west London, masterminding a charge to the title as the Blues brought the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge for the second time in three years.

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Safe to say, Conte seems very confident that Eden Hazard will not be leaving for Barcelona.

The Italian gaffer left the 28-year-old Serbia global at home while the rest of his senior squad flew out to China for a pre-season tour, but a line has now been drawn under the brief saga with the 48-year-old's reply. You must be ready to spend £40m or £50m for a normal player.

"If you want to make an excuse for this or something else, I think this is not the right way".

Looking towards the possible solution, Conte said, "We have to wait for the best moment, the best solution".

"Friendly games ended for us. He must recover from [an ankle] injury and then start with us".

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