Chelsea boss offers Diego Costa update amid squad size concerns

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could remain in the Premier League, with the Daily Mail reporting the Swedish striker has opened talks over a new deal with Manchester United.

Kurt Zouma, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kasey Palmer, Izzy Brown and Tammy Abraham are among the Blues' youngsters who will play elsewhere in the Premier League this season, while Marco van Ginkel and Mario Pasalic have been temporarily sent elsewhere in Europe.

"You look around at the top teams and they have lots of options going forward and now Chelsea maybe could do with someone a bit different".

"Usually they would say it is time for them to leave, it was the right move for both parties".

"Him and [N'Golo] Kante were magnificent".

"And I have no doubt that he has not sanctioned that move, he is not happy with it and ultimately he is uncomfortable with it".

"I'm not looking for sympathy from coaches in this situation, that is my message", Conte said ahead of Saturday's Premier League opener at home to Burnley. Sometimes transfers can get forced through, but it did not seem to me that Matic was forcing it through.

"And I do not think he likes it and I do not think he agrees with it because he said he has to strengthen now and fill that gap".

United are hoping to make another signing before the end of the transfer window, with the Manchester Evening News claiming the club are continuing their pursuit of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

Conte has been vocal about the need to improve his Chelsea squad and add greater strength in depth.

"No it is not flawless", he said.

"There has been the [Diego] Costa distraction, the sale of Matic, not bringing in players - [Romelu] Lukaku was obviously missed out on".

"But do I feel sorry for Chelsea as they don't have enough problems?"

"Because there is one thing for certain - the club will be brutal with the manager at some point. I know now twice as many people will be watching me". It makes you wonder: why did Chelsea sell him?

"At Real Madrid past year he was slightly in and out [of the team], he wasn't their main striker". In character, experience, but also in performance. For example, when I was with Juventus I did not score more than 20 goals.

Vanessa Coleman

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