Chelsea round-up: Conte reacts to Leicester win; Bayern wary of midfielder interest; teenager scouted
Antonio Conte spoke out after the club’s victory over Leicester City on Saturday to praise his team. The Italian also singled out striker Alvaro Morata for positive comments as he was questioned by the press, and as was quoted by the club website as Conte said:
“It’s a good day for the team, it’s a good day for Alvaro [Morata]. It’s always important for a striker to score but for me it’s very important to see he is improving and he is more involved in our football. That’s the most important thing. If he scores I am very happy and I am pleased for the player… I have great players, my players are reliable and I trust them. I think the mentality today was very strong, very positive, very good, until the penalty. I think we were in total control of the game.”
Goals from Morata and N’Golo Kante, against his former club, gave the Blues a convincing lead. Jamie Vardy’s penalty had sparked hopes of a revival for the home side, but Chelsea’s defence stood firm to ensure that no such comeback occurred.
Off the field, there has been less positive news as Italian outlet Calciomercato say that Bayern Munich are preparing to offer midfielder Arturo Vidal a new contract in order to ward off interest from Antonio Conte’s Chelsea. Conte worked alongside the Chilean during his time at Juventus.
Manchester United and both Milan clubs were also said to have been interested in the dynamic central midfielder in the summer, with the Bavarian giants now seeing a new contract as the best way to persuade him to remain in the Bundesliga. That could jeopardise any hopes of a move to Stamford Bridge in the near future.
The Sun believe that the Blues are also monitoring the progress of Uruguay’s under 18 captain Sebastian Caceres. The centre-back plays for Uruguayan side Liverpool FC, and has also attracted attention from their namesakes in the Premier League as well as Spanish side FC Barcelona.
Caceres is playing regular top flight football for the Montevideo side, and Chelsea may look to bring him to London as a long term successor for their ageing back line.