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Antonio Conte frustrated over Chelsea transfers but club will not bow

• Conte apparently at odds with board over number and profile of signings
• Chelsea manager hoped influx of players would have started by now

Antonio Conte will be given short shrift by the Chelsea hierarchy if he attempts to exert greater control over the Premier League champions’ recruitment policy amid suggestions the Italian is growing frustrated at the club’s failure to make early inroads in the summer market.

Reports have emerged in Italy, where Conte is on holiday with his family, that the Chelsea manager may be considering his future, with his preferred profile of transfer target, and number of proposed recruits, apparently at odds with that of the board. The club are relaxed about the situation and insist the 47-year-old has not communicated such displeasure directly in conversation with Chelsea. They fully expect Conte to be in charge when their season begins in August.

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