Conte confident of Costa stay amid lures of CSL

Ross Houston
February 12, 2017

Chelsea can extend their lead at the top to 12 points if they beat Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

Diego Costa's first Premier League goal came against Burnley in August 2014 - since then, only Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero (both 60) have scored more Premier League goals than he has (47).

"I think Eden, for sure, is a great player".

"It's very hard to manage these situations".

And ahead of next season's return to the Champions League, Conte hopes the club will enjoy a productive summer transfer window to bolster the team in all ranks.

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas is pushing for a place in Chelsea's starting eleven after getting a goal from the bench in the win against his former side, Arsenal.

Elsewhere, Conte has revealed he has no intention of selling Brazilian forward Willian amid interest from Manchester United.

Willian was Chelsea's standout player last term but has struggled for regular football so far in 2016-17. So I don't think they're going to let it slip. People remember only those who win. If you keep performing at the right level you will win games eventually. We must pay great attention. "£60million for Oscar, also a lot of money for the players", Conte added.

The Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

But it has been their absolute inability to win outside East Lancashire that has stunted any chance to climb up the table. They must overcome Burnley's incredible home form and tight knit side to secure all three points. Now is about the present to take the best choice for the team. His team finished with seven shots on target - as many as the Hornets.

"United have a great squad who they trust in a title battle and we must know this because if we think we are very close to winning the title it's a great mistake". "In the end it could have been one of those great stories, but unfortunately not". To replace Hendrick, Sean Dyche might turn to his new signings Ashley Westwood and Robbie Brady in a midfield role. Chelsea, though, are 7-1-1 in their last nine top-flight matches outside Stamford Bridge. Chelsea outshot the Clarets 21-6 and did not concede a shot on goal.

The 28-year-old was axed for last month's 3-0 victory over Leicester City following a reported disagreement over a back injury amid speculation of a move to Tianjin gathering momentum.

"When you have two players playing so well it's not easy".

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