Antonio Conte: Chelsea signing is learning from Diego Costa

Antonio Conte says Michy Batshuayi can learn a lot from playing and training with Diego Costa at Chelsea

Antonio Conte says Michy Batshuayi can learn a lot by training and playing alongside Diego Costa at Chelsea.

The Belgian striker is currently getting used to life at Stamford Bridge following his summer transfer to the west London club from Marseille as one of Conte’s first signings.

The forward has found his first-team opportunities somewhat restricted in the first half of the season as he continues to find his feet in England.

However, Batshuayi will be hoping to prove himself as worthy of a regular spot in the Chelsea side in the coming weeks and months at Stamford Bridge.

Conte has been relying on first-choice striker Diego Costa to produce the goods up front for the Blues this season.

And the Chelsea manager feels that Batshuayi will be able to learn a lot from playing with Costa at the west London club.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea TV ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Bournemouth, Conte said: “Every single forward is different in terms of their characteristics. Michy is different compared to Diego. First of all, he is younger.

“He can improve a lot, but you can learn a lot staying close to Diego, improving your experience and your skills. For sure having training sessions with great players will improve you.

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“In this case I prefer not to put more pressure on the player because it’s not good. If I decide to put Michy in the starting XI, he is ready to play.

“It’s not important to talk and put more pressure on. He must do what he knows, what we are doing in the training sessions, and only this.

“If Michy is here it’s because he deserves to be here.”

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