During his pre-match press conference prior to the Arsenal fixture, Antonio Conte revealed that he is open to potential departures for David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi.
Speaking to Nizaar Kinsella of Goal, Conte said that he will understand players wanting to leave ahead of the World Cup if they do not receive minutes on the pitch. However, the Italian does not believe that Chelsea should sell or loan without bringing in reinforcements.
“I was a player, I will understand if someone is worried about the World Cup. I will understand, at the same time it’s very important to keep players very happy to stay here, to work with us and I think this must be our priority.”
David Luiz’s future has been uncertain since he was omitted from the match-day squad against Manchester United in early November. Whilst, Michy Batshuayi is clearly not in Conte’s plans with Eden Hazard playing in a false number nine role when Morata has been absent.
Should Luiz and Batshuayi remain at the Club post-January and not receive minutes, then their place in the respective 23 man squads for Brazil and Belgium in Russia will be severely under threat.
Both will be unhappy should they not feature regularly and Conte is keen to avoid negativity being spread around the camp. Conte said he prefers to have players very happy than to have players clearly unhappy.