Conte threatens to "stop improving" Chelsea players over transfer frustration

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The Blues have suffered surprise back-to-back defeats to Watford and Bournemouth, conceding seven goals, and are 22 points behind leaders Manchester City.

I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach. About mentality also. About the desire, the will to fight, and the tactical aspects. Yes.

Antonio Conte looks to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, if not soon then likely at the the end of the season, and Chelsea are looking to line up his replacement, with Enrique now their number one choice.

And the 48-year-old Italian says he needs to be more persuasive.

Antonio Rudiger is pushing for a recall but Cesar Azpilicueta is certain to keep his place while I think Gary Cahill will also start so the German worldwide may have to make-do with a place on the bench alongside Luiz. For this, I'm very good.

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Former Barca boss Luis Enrique is top of Chelsea's wish list to replace Conte, though the Spaniard is believed to be reluctant to take over until the summer. Luis Enrique would reportedly be Chelsea's next coach, even for the Champions League match against Barcelona. He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma.

"I have spoken with him, and he's a really good person", added the Italian. A club can take different decisions. I usually have a great respect'.

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League games against West Brom. Antonio Conte's men have endured a shaky run of form in the past couple of weeks as they continue to slide down the Premier League table.

He's been a big miss because he's a big character on the pitch and he can change the destiny of games, not so much with his ability sometimes - but with his character, when you've got one of those at the top of the pitch they're very hard to replace. You can't fault his record'. 'No, we haven't, ' he said. So we said, "OK, it's done, let's move on and get back to where we were not long ago"'.

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