Antonio Conte sends message to Chelsea board about summer signings

The Chelsea manager hints that he wants a couple of summer signings before transfer deadline day

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Antonio Conte has warned the Chelsea board that he still needs a few more summer signings to prepare his squad for the 2017-18 season.

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare in their first season under Conte following his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor in 2016.

The west London side endured a slow start to the summer transfer window after Manchester United managed to beat the English champions to the signing of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea have since been active after recruiting Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

The Premier League champions made the interesting decision to sell Serbia international Nemanja Matic in a £40m deal to bitter title rivals Manchester United last week.

The Blues continue to be linked with a move to sign Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of their clash against Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday afternoon, Conte said:

“Now for us it’s very important to try to improve our squad – in the numerical aspect – we have a small squad.

“I think only one player is not enough to improve our team, we need more players.”

Chelsea lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley to miss out on the double following their title success.

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