Antonio Conte drops hint about Chelsea FC summer signings

Antonio Conte admits that Chelsea FC are in need of a number of new signings this summer

Antonio Conte
Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Antonio Conte has admitted that Chelsea FC need to make a number of key additions this summer, even if he leaves the west London club.

The Italian manager led his side to FA Cup glory on Saturday as Eden Hazard’s first half penalty handed the Blues a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Wembley final.

Conte’s future at the west London club has been a relentless source of uncertainty recently, and that speculation is likely to heighten in the coming days.

The Blues ended up in fifth place in the Premier League table in his second season in charge at the club, meaning that they will have to settle for Europa League football next season rather than a spot in the Champions League.

Chelsea FC are likely to be linked with a number of players in the coming weeks and months as they look to build a squad capable of winning the Premier League title next season.

And Conte has admitted that the Blues need to bring in a number of stars regardless of whether he remains in charge of the club or not.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Conte said: “If you ask me if we can play better then, yes, we can play better. But now the real situation of this club is this: we have to play strong defensively if you want to win a trophy or to get a place in the Champions League.

“Maybe we missed the Champions League this season because we tried to play very open and in this moment you can’t do this especially with a strong team because to concede three goals in seven games it means you don’t have stability. A great team doesn’t concede three goals or four goals against Watford.

“Then, against Manchester United, it was the only way, the only way to lift a trophy. Now we are in this moment and if you want to change then we can change our idea, but you must change many players. Understand?”

Chelsea FC won the Premier League in Conte’s first season at the club last term.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Romelu Lukaku (Photo: Puma)
BBC Sport pundit declares Chelsea FC have gone to ‘new level’ after 1-0 win over Zenit
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel sends frank message to Ben Chilwell about his situation at Chelsea FC
Paul Scholes
‘This is brilliant’: Paul Scholes raves about Man United star during 2-1 loss to Young Boys
Cristiano Ronaldo Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to Man United fans after first defeat
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker sends message to Cristiano Ronaldo during Man United’s 2-1 loss to Young Boys
Romelu Lukaku (Photo: Puma)
BBC Sport pundit declares Chelsea FC have gone to ‘new level’ after 1-0 win over Zenit
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel sends frank message to Ben Chilwell about his situation at Chelsea FC
Paul Scholes
‘This is brilliant’: Paul Scholes raves about Man United star during 2-1 loss to Young Boys
Cristiano Ronaldo Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to Man United fans after first defeat
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker sends message to Cristiano Ronaldo during Man United’s 2-1 loss to Young Boys
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature