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Published: 15:56 | 19/8/16

Conte wants defenders


Antonio Conte hopes to bring in some new faces before the transfer deadline and is targeting defenders in particular.

Kalidou Koulibaly, Ricardo Rodriguez and Nikola Maksimovic have all been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge but the Blues have been frustrated in their pursuit of a defender and time is running out to strengthen before the transfer deadline.

Conte is concerned about the lack of experienced defenders in his squad and is keen to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

"I think we need to sign some players. We have too few players in defence and we are working with the club to find a solution," Conte told reporters on Friday.

"We arrive after a season which was not so good but we are working very hard to improve the situation but, if you ask me, the real target of this squad now is very difficult. We need to pass more time to have a better answer game by game. I have contact every day but I discuss this with the club. We must find solutions."

Meanwhile, Conte has confirmed that Juan Cuadrado will not return to the first-team squad until his future has been resolved.

Cuardrado returned to Chelsea in July following a loan spell at Juventus but the Italian outfit are close to re-signing the winger and Conte has revealed he will not feature his future is unclear.

"For Cuadrado, we are waiting on the situation. It must become more clear about his position at the club. Now he is Chelsea's player and today he had training with us," the manager added.

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