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Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte Expects Most Difficult Season of His Career

Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte Expects Most Difficult Season of His Career

Eden Hazard is "very happy" at Chelsea, says Antonio Conte, despite reports Barcelona will target him as a Neymar replacement.

"For sure I don't understand why the lawyer gets involved". The Italian said there were "many reasons" for that strong admission and, having rejected the idea one was extra pressure because they must now defend the title, appeared to be using it to applying extra pressure on the club board for reinforcements in a campaign when there is also the extra front of the Champions League.

"I think they'll miss Diego Costa, especially as Alvaro Morata is settling in initially", Merson told Sky Sports.

"In England it's very hard to repeat and to win", Conte said.

The Belgian playmaker was key to the Blues' Premier League title success last term, netting 16 goals in his 38 appearances to help his side top the English standings for the second time in his career.

But with the arrival of Antonio Rudiger, Conte may decide adding options on the flanks is more important and let the prospect leave.

Quizzed on what answers he had received on this topic in his talks with the board, Conte responded: "We have to wait".

Elsewhere, the Chelsea tactician aimed a jibe at the club for their decision to sell midfielder Matic to United. "My task is to put in my work all myself and to try to bring my staff, my players to put in our job everyday all ourselves, to improve".

In the past two years, the managers of the Premier League title-holders - Jose Mourinho, also at Chelsea, and Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri - have been fired after their previously all-conquering teams suddenly slumped down the table. The situation is the same as what I said in the past: the player, his agent and the club knew very well the future of the player. "These are rumours. Eden is very happy to stay with us and to start the new season". They have improved because they have kept the same squad as last season.