Frank Lampard explains why Antonio Conte wants more Chelsea summer signings

The Chelsea legend believes Antonio Conte is worried about the prospect of losing to key players ahead of the new season

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Frank Lampard believes Antonio Conte is desperate to make some more signings to replace to key Chelsea players.

The Blues lost to Arsenal on penalties in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday after Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac cancelled out Victor Moses’ opener in normal time.

The Premier League champions made the strange decision to sell Nemanja Matic to their direct title rivals Manchester United in a £40m deal last week.

The Serbia international was a key member of Conte’s squad that won the Premier League crown with two games to spare in the Italian’s first season in England.

Diego Costa has been told that he is free to leave the English champions at the right price this summer amid talk of interest from Atletico Madrid and AC Milan.

Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Willy Caballero, German defender Antonio Rudiger, holding midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

The Blues have also seen six players leave Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

And Chelsea legend Lampard believes Conte is worried about his depleted squad ahead of their title defence.

“If you read between the lines, Conte wants more signings,” Lampard told BT Sport.

“Chelsea still have that quality but you can see that he wants more. He’s concerned, they’re going to lost Costa, they’ve lost Matic.

“They’ve bought players in but I think he wants more because they’re going to be fighting on the Champions League front.”

Chelsea will start the defence of their Premier League crown with a home clash against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Conte will be hoping to retain their top-flight title unlike Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team that finished in tenth place less than 12 months after their 2014-15 success.

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