Antonio Conte reveals players he wants in his Chelsea squad

Antonio Conte says he is hoping to promote more players from Chelsea's Academy into the first team in the coming months

Antonio Conte has confirmed that he is planning to take some of Chelsea’s Academy players into his first team in the coming seasons.

Conte has earned plenty of praise for helping to guide Chelsea to a Premier League title challenge since his appointment as the club’s new manager in the summer.

The Italian coach has steered his side to the top of the Premier League table and eight points clear of closest challengers Manchester City as they bid to win the title in his first campaign in charge in west London.

There is bound to be plenty of speculation linking Chelsea with a host of new players as the summer transfer window draws ever nearer.

However, Conte has hinted that he is looking to promote some of Chelsea’s rising stars from the Academy into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

Conte told a news conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon: “The Academy is doing a really great job.

“In my squad we have a lot of young players from the Academy – Chalobah, Ake, Ruben, Aina – and it’s important to have a link between the first team and academy.

“These young players have stayed with me because they deserve it, not because I want to give them a gift.

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“In the future I hope to absorb many players from the academy.”

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