Chelsea boss Conte vows to keep Juve target Matic

“For all the clubs, it’s a crazy transfer market. When you try to buy one or another player, the cost is very, very expensive, and not the real valuation of the player,” he said.

“It’s a very strange situation. Chelsea is waiting for the right solution and in this moment it is not easy for us.”

Conte, who confirmed young striker Bertrand Traore is due to join Ajax on loan, will get his first taste of the Premier League on Monday when Chelsea face London rivals West Ham United at the Bridge.

“This league is a fantastic league. It’s very tough. The most important in the world,” the Italian said.

“There are many great clubs fighting to win the title. It’s fantastic challenge for me. For this reason I’m not that much relaxed.

“It will be a great battle. I’m excited. We have a good situation to fight (for the title).”

Conte is enjoying the process of adapting to a new football culture and hasn’t been shy of trying to bend it to his will, with reports he has banned pizza and ketchup from the players’ canteen.

“Every single manager must try to improve the players in every aspect. Not only tactical, also their recovery after the game and to avoid injuries,” Conte said.

“I try to transfer this to my players. Then the players understand if this is good for them or not.”

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