Conte blocks Os­car move

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

CHELSEA MAN­AGER An­to­nio Conte dis­missed the pos­si­bil­ity of mid­fielder Os­car leav­ing Stam­ford Bridge in Jan­uary de­spite the Brazil­ian’s lim­ited min­utes in the Ital­ian tac­ti­cian’s new 34-3 sys­tem.

Os­car has not started a Pre­mier League match since Conte’s for­ma­tion shift at the end of Septem­ber, and sev­eral out­lets have re­ported that the Lon­don club is pre­pared to lis­ten to of­fers for the mid­fielder when the trans­fer win­dow re­opens in Jan­uary.

“Os­car’s fu­ture is Chelsea, full stop,” Conte said. “For me, Os­car is an im­por­tant player in the squad. He’s in good form. It’s log­i­cal I have to take the start­ing XI ev­ery week, but Os­car is a great player. For me, he stays at Chelsea.

“It’s im­por­tant that this mes­sage ar­rives for all. But Os­car will stay with us be­cause I con­sider him an im­por­tant player for Chelsea.”

Conte also in­sisted that Cesc Fabre­gas will also be re­tained by the Lon­don club amid in­ter­est from Serie A.

“The same speech as for Os­car. I an­tic­i­pate this ques­tion,” Conte said.

Conte has made just one change to his start­ing XI in the last five Pre­mier League matches – a run that has seen Chelsea take max­i­mum points to rise to sec­ond in the ta­ble, scor­ing 16 goals and con­ced­ing none.

“We have a com­plete squad,” Conte added. “It’s nor­mal that dur­ing a sea­son, it can hap­pen that there are some in­juries. But now we have a good squad to have some sub­sti­tu­tions if there are some

in­juries.”

CONTE OS­CAR

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