Alvaro Morata gives his reaction to early criticism at Chelsea

Conte seeks additional signings

He said: "I must admit, it's a very important amount".

'But I repeat - for sure this a gross loss, a great loss for us'.

Twenty teams would be competing in the 2017/18 Premier League, with the top seventeen teams from the last season, and three teams promoted from the Championship playing in the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. While he claims otherwise, most people believe that his first-choice was Manchester United and Chelsea's first-choice was Romelu Lukaku.

A season Mee hopes will see him push for a first England call up: "It's definitely an ambition of mine and something I might focus more on this season".

"I've only had two pre-season games, 15 minutes officially and a missed penalty, and they're already killing me, so I know what's ahead". Conte clearly wanted his squad in better shape at this stage, especially considering City and United - potentially Chelsea's biggest challengers this season - have been more decisive in the transfer market.

It leaves Chelsea needing a new midfielder as well as reinforcements at wing back in the final days of the transfer window. And it's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day, to spend an hour every day in the Sports City training.

While Morata is still in the very early days of his Chelsea career, the Spaniard has showed nearly no promise in the few pre-season minutes he's been handed.

The same story claims that Chelsea have been "extensively" scouting the defender and watched him closely when he played for Portugal at the European Under-21 championships this summer. "The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market". But do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don't have enough players?

"I knew Conte loved me", he revealed. "In a way, I felt indebted to him because he signed me for Juve and then had to go".

"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".

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