Antonio Conte: Chelsea Manager Hints at Blues Exits

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte at the UCLA Campus in Westwood, California, July 26. Conte has suggested there will be players leaving Chelsea before the new Premier League season begins. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested the club will look to offload players prior to the new Premier League season.

Conte's side is currently on its pre-season tour of the United States, competing in the International Champions Cup.

On Wednesday, Chelsea beat AC Milan 3-1 with goals from Bertrand Traore and two from Oscar, and Conte insists he now has a far greater understanding of his players.

"I think this match told me a lot—about the players who [we] keep and who can go on loan or we can sell," the Italian said, before adding he had a "more clear idea" than before.

"Now we go back to London and it's important for me, for the club, to talk and take the decision about all the players.

"In this pre-season we work with 30 players—four goalkeepers and 26 players. A lot of players. Now remains one game against Werder Bremen and then we must take the decision."

Chelsea's Premier League campaign begins with West Ham as visitors to Stamford Bridge on August 15.