Chelsea round-up: Conte reacts to Tottenham; £50m bid for Spurs man; Drinkwater alternative identified

Chelsea round-up: Conte reacts to Tottenham; £50m bid for Spurs man; Drinkwater alternative identified

Antonio Conte spoke out to thank and praise his team after their brilliant late win over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. Speaking to the club website, the Italian said:

“I want to thank my players, everyone, because they showed me great desire, great spirit, great will, and great heart. They were fighters today and for sure I saw a lot of positive things in a moment not easy for us, with suspensions and injury. Don’t forget Hazard stayed out. Despite this, to play away against Tottenham and to win is a fantastic result. It’s not easy. We suffered during the game, that’s normal, but I think we showed we were dangerous in every moment. We suffered but we were ready to try to score the second goal and the third goal. Don’t forget last season, after 13 wins in a row, we lost against Tottenham. Instead today, I repeat, I saw a lot of positive things.”

Marcos Alonso was twice on the scoresheet either side of an own goal from Michy Batshuayi as Chelsea ended their early season crisis with a crucial victory over their London rivals.

One man who did not feature and was instead left to watch on from the stands was Tottenham left-back Danny Rose. Now, The Sun say that immediately after Sunday’s fixture, the Blues could launch a £50 million bid for the England international as they grow increasingly confident of luring him across London to Stamford Bridge.

The club feel that after his explosive interview with The Sun where he criticised the club’s wage structure, the opportunity to earn more money and compete for titles at Chelsea could tempt the 27-year-old into a move. That could all depend on whether or not Tottenham would be prepared to sell, with no sign of Daniel Levy’s feelings on the matter.

Chelsea are also considering their options after having a £20 million bid for Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater rejected. The Sun claim that the Blues are reluctant to meet the £40 million asking price and could instead launch a move for unwanted Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.

The French club are keen to get him off the books this summer and may even allow the Poland international to leave on loan. Arsenal and West Ham are amongst the other Premier League sides interested in the ex-Sevilla holding midfielder, who can also play in defence, so Conte may need to act quickly if they are to beat off the competition.

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