Conte: Costa has no future at Chelsea and his lawyers know it

Eden Hazard is "very happy" at Chelsea and not about to replace Neymar at Barcelona, says Blues boss Antonio Conte.

"This league has made me better than before, I am sure about this".

"We are trying to buy the players, not to sell them", Conte told a news conference.

Costa was left out of Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia and has been training away from the rest of the first-team squad since revealing the contents of a text message exchange with Conte at the end of last season. Only one team can win it...

Having just won the Premier League, the Pensioners can offer Hazard Champions League football, a good lifestyle in London and a very real chance of collecting two titles in two seasons. I hope I am mistaken.

However, one man who seems pretty confident Hazard is staying put is his manager, Antonio Conte.

"There are many reasons which suggest to me that next season will be very tough, the most hard of my career, I have this perception", Conte said.

"You have six teams ready to fight for the title and only one wins it".

"I think it's right to revisit your season and review it and improve your team and the tactical aspect and the physical aspect ... and to change something".

Games against Arsenal in part shaped Chelsea's title-winning season.

Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign Alvaro Morata for a reported £70million, the Spain striker coming in as a likely replacement for Diego Costa, whose departure appears inevitable after the breakdown of his relationship with Conte.

Chelsea lost to Arsenal twice last season, including May's 2-1 FA Cup final defeat and Conte is expecting another tough encounter against Arsene Wenger's side in the Community Shield match. To recover [from] his injury and to start the season with us.

Chelsea have already signed Spain global Morata in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid to improve their attacking options ahead of the new season.

Eden Hazard (broken ankle) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (knee) are Chelsea's only injury absentees.

  • Rosalie Stanley