Antonio Conte has responded to claims linking Chelsea with moves for Peter Crouch and Edin Dzeko.
Chelsea are thought to be keen on adding a new striker to their ranks and have been linked with making a £20m move for West Ham striker Andy Carroll in recent weeks. However, the former Newcastle and Liverpool striker has suffered an ankle injury that is set to keep him out for at least a month which has put the move in jeopardy.
However, within hours of the news of the severity of Carroll’s injury, Chelsea have been linked with a move for former Man City striker Edin Dzeko and a shock interest in Stoke’s Peter Crouch.
Asked about the club’s interest in former Dzeko, Conte refused to be drawn on the speculation during his pre-match press conference:
“As you know very well I think it’s not right to talk about players of other teams. I’m not interested in it, there is a transfer market in this period, if something happens you are the first to know news.”
Meanwhile, on Crouch, Conte added:
“My answer is the same, I’m not interested in this conversation because is it not respectful for my players, for the other players and the other clubs.
“I can talk about my players, about Morata, about Michy, about their characteristics. It is not right to talk about the characteristics of other players.
“I always said I’m happy to work with my players. To try to improve them. Every striker has there own characteristics. I don’t want to talk about others players because it is not right.”
Conte is known to have been disappointed with Chelsea’s transfer business last summer after missing out on a number of targets, and admitted he could not say he was ‘confident’ about getting the players he wanted this month.
“Confident? Confident is a big word, we have to wait.
“I repeat I give my opinion to the club but as I said before the final decision is for the club.
“I have to wait and to see what happens during this transfer market. I’m very calm about this because I’m working with my players in the right way. I’m happy with their commitment.
“If the club wants to help us, we are happy. Otherwise we continue in this way and continue to put everything in for the team and for the satisfaction of the fans.”
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