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Conte not planning to sell David Luiz

Conte not planning to sell David Luiz

That and more in a Chelsea themed edition of Rumour Mill! "The target in 2018 is to win every single game, and the next one is Chelsea". And I want to thank our fans.

While the Chelsea boss seemed to open the door for some exits, he also made it clear that the current Blues squad was not big enough to let players leave unless new options moved in.

However, despite bagging quite a number of goals, the former Real Madrid star has failed to display consistency throughout.

"I think that we must be ready for [everything], to work on the pitch and also to work on the transfer market, but you have to understand what your role is in the club".

Conte would not speak specifically about Luiz, who could return to the side for the FA Cup clash with second tier Norwich City on Saturday but is no longer first choice in the Premier League as Andreas Christensen has replaced him. He has to stay calm and to continue to play this way and the goal is coming'. I don't see a problem.

"I do not aim high with my requests, especially as in my history I've rarely been given the players I asked for", Conte told Sky Italia, as reported by Metro. Speaking in the press conference, the manager said that the duo were 'very close' to full fitness.

He added: "My expectations can be a lot, or not".

Luiz has since returned to the lineup, only to succumb to an injury, which is set to keep him out for an indefinite period. "If the club decide to ask me something about my team, I try to give my opinion".

Conte has maintained that Luiz's omission was for tactical reasons but media reports have constantly suggested there is a rift between the Brazilian and his manager, and the 30-year-old has been linked with several top clubs.

Both players have the World Cup to look forward to, but the depth of talent in both Brazil and Belgium's squad leaves little room for players who aren't getting regular minutes.