Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has said it would be “impossible” to sell or loan out any player in the January transfer window, except they are replaced by new signings.
- Conte was reacting to speculations surrounding the future of David Luiz at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz’s future has been up in the air, since he was dropped for their 1-0 win over Manchester United in November.
Speaking in a news conference to preview Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal, Conte said: “My expectation is that all the players in the squad will stay here and to try to continue to work.
“Our squad is not big, and for this reason I think it’s impossible to send on loan or to sell one player if we don’t [buy] another player.”
Asked if he expected signings to arrive in January, Conte added: “My expectation can be a lot or not, but the most important thing is my opinion. I try to give my opinion to the club and then the club has to take the best decision for the team.
“I can give my opinion but I’m only a coach. My first task is to work on the pitch with my players to improve my team. If the club decide to ask me something about my team I try to give my opinion.”