Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has bemoaned Chelsea’s transfer policy, claiming that he rarely gets the players that he has asked for.
In what is the latest dig at his perceived lack of backing by the club in the transfer market, Conte described Chelsea of running an “austerity programme” so therefore, “does not aim high” when requesting players.
Speaking to Sky Italia after Wednesdays 2-2 draw with Arsenal, the Italian said:
“I do not aim high with my requests, especially as in my history I’ve rarely been given the players I asked for. I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme.
“I just try to do my work. If someone arrives, good. If they don’t, then that’s fine too. I have to continue my work either way.”
Chelsea reportedly missed out on a number of players last summer, including Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Virgil van Dijk and Alex Sandro – all of which either moved to other clubs or didn’t move at all.
However, despite his protestations, Chelsea did back the Italian to the tune of over £175m last summer, with the Blues signing Alvaro Morata (£55m), Tiemoue Bakayoko (£36), Danny Drinkwater (£34), Antonio Rudiger (£31.5), Davide Zappacosta (£22m) and Willy Caballero (Free).
He was also asked about if he would be interested in re-taking the vacant Italian national team managers position, Conte said:
“This is not the moment to talk about it, otherwise it would only cause misunderstandings and this is the last thing I want to do.”