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    Antonio Conte: 'I am a bit of a disaster in convincing Chelsea to sign players'


    Joe Jones

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has joked that he is "a bit of a disaster" when it comes to convincing the club's board to sign new players.

    The Italian has been at loggerheads with the Blues board in each of the last two transfer windows and has been left disappointed by the failure to sign big-name targets such as Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Sandro and Virgil van Dijk.

    Conte claims that he is more the kind of coach who improves existing players, but admits he needs to be more persuasive in terms of getting the green light to bring in new recruits.

    Asked about his credentials, Conte told reporters: “I don't know. Usually? Usually in my experience, I think I reached the best results possible with the players that I have to work with.

    “I think that I'm the type of coach who, if I have a player who is a six, I bring him to an eight. If I have a player who is an eight, I take him to 10. I'm this type of coach.

    “My task is to try and improve every single players, in every aspect. About mentality also. About the desire, the will to fight, and the tactical aspects. Yes. My task is this. For this, I'm very good.

    “I think I'm a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy the players. I think in this aspect I can improve a lot.

    "I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect. I can learn a lot in that aspect.

    “I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good to persuade their clubs to spend money and buy top players.”

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