Antonio Conte has debunked the rumour linking him with a move for Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy. According to the Italian manager, Jamie is a great player, but he never asked the board to make an offer for the 31-year-old England international.
The Blues are reportedly going to add a back-up player to save misfiring Alvaro Morata who joined the Blues for a club record fee last summer. Michy Batshuayi whom many thought as the perfect Morata back-up is set to be loaned out before the end of the month.
Vardy broke into limelight in 2015-16 season when his 24 league goals ensured that Leicester City became Premier League Champions under former manager Claudio Ranieri. Though the player seems to have lost that magical form, Conte believes he is a player many coaches would love to buy.
“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.
“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.”
The Chelsea manager further claimed that he only loves Vardy for being a wonderful player who scores with ease on a regular basis, but he is not interested in bringing him to the Stamford Bridge any time soon.
The manager also debunked the rumours that he wants to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Conte told reporters that he only whispered in his ear on Wednesday to greet the Chilean striker, and not to convince him to join the Premier League’s defending Champions.
Vardy has heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but it is left to be seen where he ends up