Antonio Conte fears the impact unhappy players could have on Chelsea
His comments come amid reports that some players are unsettled at the club.
David Luiz has lost his place in the starting XI following a fall-out with Conte earlier this season. It’s led to suggestions he’s keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.
Another player struggling to get in the side is Michy Batshuayi, who is desperate for minutes with the World Cup looming this summer. The young striker is understood to be fearful he could lose his place in the Belgium squad unless he begins playing regularly.
Conte sympathises with such a situation and can see merits to jettisoning such players.
‘I was a player. I will understand if someone is worried about the World Cup,’ said the former Italy international.
‘I will understand, at the same time it is very important to keep players very happy to stay here to work with us.
‘I prefer to have players happy to stay here than to have players that are unhappy. Because when you are unhappy you transfer this to the other players, to me, to my staff, and I don’t like this.
‘If we can avoid this, I’d like to avoid this situation.’
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Conte added that he will only sanction the departure of players this month if replacements can be found.
‘I understand if a player isn’t playing with regularity and wants to play with regularity,’ said the Chelsea boss.
‘All the players we have in our squad, we want to continue here because our squad is not big.
‘It is impossible to sell or loan a player if we don’t sign another player.’