Wednesday, 24 January 2018

We Were Never In The Alexis Race, Says Chelsea Conte

Antonio Conte believes that times have changed and that Chelsea has to be innovative in the current market.
The Blues can't compete any longer with the richest clubs in Europe and so in this way, they weren't even considering former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez.
“In this moment, there are two teams in this league who are ‘top’,” Conte said.

“The others have to fight for a place in the Champions League. Last season we did a fantastic job and did a little miracle. This season is showing this.

“We won the league and reached the FA Cup final, and finished with a profit of £50m (N23.9bn) in the transfer market [actually £69.2m (N34.9), largely as a result of Oscar’s sale to Shanghai SIPG].

"In the past, this had never happened but the situation changed. What happened three years, 10 years or eight years ago was totally different. Now we have to fight and give our all for Chelsea because United and Manchester City will stay there. We’ll have to make a success not with money but with work.

“It’s not simple [to finish above the Manchester clubs] because these big teams continue to improve and invest a lot of money, and there is this gap. 

"These two big clubs can become seriously dangerous for other teams in the world: they are very strong already and want to invest. Look at Alexis Sánchez. 

"Only one or two clubs can pay this type of salary. This is the market. If you want to buy Neymar, you must be ready to give him €25m (N11bn) in wages. 

"If you want to buy Messi, Ronaldo, now Sánchez, you must be ready to pay his salary. We never were in this race for Sánchez, ever, and one of the reasons was this amount of salary.”

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