Pundit explains why Antonio Conte doesn’t need to make this Chelsea signing

Danny Higginbotham believes Chelsea manager Antonio Conte already has enough options in his squad to replace John Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry and Diego Costa Photo: John Terry/Instagram

Danny Higginbotham has suggested that Antonio Conte doesn’t necessarily need to sign a replacement for departing Chelsea captain John Terry.

The 36-year-old is set to call time on his Chelsea career at the end of the 2016-17 season, a decision which the centre-half announced earlier this week.

Terry has played a bit-part role in Chelsea’s title bid this season after failing to usurp Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz as Conte’s first-choice centre-halves.

Chelsea have been linked with a move to sign Burnley defender Michael Keane in recent weeks following the England international’s excellent performances for the promoted side.

However, former Manchester United and Stoke City defender Higginbotham believes Conte has plenty of talent in his squad to cope with Terry’s departure, including Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma.

“It all depends on Conte. What does he see coming through?” Higginbotham told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He’s got Zouma and Trevor Chalobah. I saw Trevor in the youth cup. He looks like he is ready to step up as well. There is Ake who had a fantastic time at Bournemouth.

“It might depend on whether Conte believes he has talent come through. That may make Chelsea out of the question because of the players who are coming through.”

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Zouma returned from a serious knee injury earlier this year, although the Frenchman has found his first-team opportunities limited.

Ake, on the other hand, spent the first half of the season on loan at Bournemouth before he was recalled from his loan in the January transfer window.

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