Antonio Conte’s response when asked if Chelsea want to sign 30-year-old Italian star

The Chelsea boss refuses to shed light on the Premier League champions' reported pursuit of Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Antonio Conte has refused to confirm or deny whether Chelsea are interested in signing Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move to sign the experienced 30-year-old midfielder over the past couple of weeks as Conte looks to complete his summer transfer activity.

The Blues were thought to have made an attempt to sign the Italy international in the January transfer window but a deal failed to materialise.

Conte worked with Candreva during his stint in charge of the Italian national team after the winger had produced an impressive performance in a 2-1 win against England in the 2014 World Cup.

Candreva scored six times in 38 games in Serie A last term after he swapped Lazio for Inter Milan last summer.

Chelsea manager Conte declined to shed any light on the west London side’s reported pursuit of the Italy international in the summer transfer window.

“It is not correct to speak about a player of another team. He is an Inter player and I must respect, his team and my players,” Conte told his media conference in Singapore on Monday morning.

Chelsea have signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata so far this summer.

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