Chelsea to sign a top striker but not Vardy – Conte

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Antonio Conte admits Chelsea wants to loan out Michy Batshuayi and sign a backup striker, but they are not looking at Jamie Vardy.

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The England international striker is Leicester’s main man, leading them to the title in 2015-16, scoring 24 goals.

Conte says a top player is set to be signed, but Vardy has only been admired, never talked about.

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Conte says that while he admires Vardy, the Blues have never approached the striker during his time at Stamford Bridge.

“No, honestly we didn’t speak about him, but I repeat we are talking about a really good player,” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Centre. “For sure Vardy is a really good player and I don’t like to speak about players of other teams, but in this case we are not talking about transfer market.

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“I appreciate a lot this player because he is a really good player, Vardy. He played for the national team and is scoring with regularity in this league and is a good player, but this different — I am talking about him because you ask me and not the transfer market.”

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