Antonio Conte Not Worried About Potential UCL Absence Affecting Recruiting

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Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League qualification prospects for next season are in serious question. However, Blues boss Antonio Conte doesn’t believe that missing out on Europe will hurt his side in the upcoming summer transfer window. With Chelsea now eliminated from the tournament, and four points adrift of the top four as the season heads into its final stretch, the odds that the current Premier League champions will not be a part of the UCL next year keep increasing.

Conte thinks that retention and recruitment of top tier talented players won’t be a problem, even in it spite of this.

“Don’t forget that two years ago, Chelsea finished 10th with many players of this season, and they decided to continue to play for this club. I think this is not a question for me, it’s a question for the players,” he said at a news conference today.

When asked if Stamford Bridge will be a less desired destination come summer transfer window, Conte responded by pointing out how his club didn’t do much better this past window, in spite of the superior recruiting tools they possessed.

“I don’t know if it’s a problem to attract a great player or not [without Champions League football]. If you remember last season we won the title, and then you can see our transfer market. I think this is not the most important thing, if you win or stay in the Champions League,” the Italian added.

Chelsea will take on Leicester City, in a match-up of the last three league champions, in the FA Cup quarterfinals tomorrow. There will then be on international break to April 1/Easter Sunday, when they will take on Tottenham Hotspur.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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