Conte reacts to Chiellini's Chelsea links

David Luiz

David Luiz

David Luiz is an energetic and charismatic character that is necessary in almost every dressing room.

The Blues looked on their way to three points in a pulsating contest at the Emirates Stadium, but the Gunners fought back at the death as both sides had to settle for a point.

He passes that responsibility to the club, even though there is no technical director at the moment following the departure of Michael Emenalo in November. "For this reason I think it's impossible to send on loan one player or to sell one player, if we don't take another player", Conte added.

"When you live the game in this way, when you finish you are a bit exhausted. I don't see a problem", said Conte. "Especially as in my history I've rarely been given the players I asked for". Speaking in the press conference, the manager said that the duo were 'very close' to full fitness.

For now, Chiellini's focus is locked on helping Juve to chase down more major silverware.

One player identified as a potential replacement for Luiz is Juventus stalwart Giorgio Chiellini, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Alvaro Morata will have been disappointed not be among the goals during the 5-0 rout over Stoke but I still feel Conte will stick with the Spanish international up front and Michy Batshuayi offering support from the bench. "I will understand, but at the same time it's very important to keep players who are very happy to stay here to work with us, and I think this must be our priority".

Asked if his phone will be ringing throughout January with calls related to Chelsea's transfer dealings, a smiling Conte replied: "No - I changed my number".

Morata should have given Chelsea a last-gasp winner but Cech saved his effort when he only had the goalkeeper to beat before Davide Zappacosta crashed a shot against the crossbar.

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