Antonio Conte’s press conferences have become worse and worse viewing for Chelsea fans in recent weeks. The Italian’s demeanour has grown more and more withdrawn in recent times as his departure seems to become more inevitable, and he’s also holding back less and less when it comes to criticising the board.
This week he was hardly subtle when he was asked about Alexis Sanchez. He pointed out – as he had before – that Manchester City seem happy to pay out any sum for the players they want and they need.
“They don’t have a problem about money… about this investment… we are talking about a top player in a moment that you can buy him with a price not so high,” the former Juve manager mused in his press conference today ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Leicester in the Premier League tomorrow.
Conte on Man City signing Sanchez: "If Man City wants Sanchez, they buy Sanchez. They don't have a problem with money and this investment and I think it is a good investment. We are talking about a top player who you can buy with a price not so high." #CFC
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A follow up question asked whether he would like Chelsea to be one of the clubs chasing him, and Conte decided to dodge this question with a little more tact, but in the end the implication remained the same, hanging in the air: City sign who they like, when they want.
The contrast of that with Chelsea’s last few windows was clear, without anyone needing to explain it explicitly.