We can keep improving and retain our best players too – Antonio Conte

Premier League champions Chelsea can continue to improve after winning the title and will also try to retain their best players.

 

This is according to manager Antonio Conte, following the league title triumph.

 

The Blues became champions of England for a sixth time with a 1-0 victory over West Brom on Friday night.

 

Conte, 47, has been linked with the vacant Inter Milan job, while there is speculation over the future of striker Diego Costa and playmaker Eden Hazard.

 

If you can continue with these players you can improve a lot,” said Conte.

 

The former Juventus and Italy boss has just led Chelsea, who finished 10th last year, to the title in his first season in charge.

 

Reports in Italy are rife that Chinese-backed Serie A club Inter are prepared to offer Conte £250,000 a week if he leaves Stamford Bridge one season into a three-year deal.

 

Meanwhile, the Italian said he and his squad had only “started to do our work“.

 

Now they know my idea, I know them, the characteristics of my players, and we can improve,” he added.

 

Belgium international Hazard, 26, has been linked with Real Madrid, while Spain’s forward Costa, 28, was left out of a game at Leicester in January after a disagreement with a fitness coach, amid widespread reports of interest from Chinese clubs.

 

The club want to fight to win every competition – we have the same ambition,” said Conte.

For this reason we try to keep the best players.

 

Chelsea have got two Premier League fixtures remaining, against Watford and Sunderland, before facing Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on 27 May.

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