Conte threatens to "stop improving" Chelsea players over transfer frustration

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will go into tonight's Premier League fixture against West Brom in the knowledge that a defeat will nearly certainly result in his sacking.

And Pardew believes the Premier League champions have suffered in part due to the departure of the Brazil-born Spain striker, who hit 20 goals last season before returning to Atletico Madrid.

"I do feel sorry for the manager because the job he did a year ago was absolutely outstanding and I don't really think he's changed too much", Sky Sports News quotes him as saying.

"My task is to try to improve every single player, in every aspect".

"I've got no problem picking him", said Pardew.

"I was first hearing from Conte's camp that he would not sign a new contract at Chelsea unless he got promises over proper recruitment and the players he thought he needed to win the Champions League". I'm this type of coach. In terms of their mentality also...their desire, their will to fight, and all the tactical aspects.

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"I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect".

When quizzed about the Spaniard last week, the Chelsea boss said: "Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time".

"Usually, in my experience, I think I reached the best results possible with the players that I have to work with". "You know very well the importance of the player".

The 48-year-old's future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months.

Meanwhile, Conte admitted he is a big admirer of his potential successor Luis Enrique. According to the report, Roman Abramovich has given Marina Granovskaia the order to keep Antonio Conte in charge of the squad for now. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and he is a fantastic coach.

West Brom also have their troubles.

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