Conte problems pile up as senior player pushes for Chelsea exit - report
By Abigail Withey
Antonio Conte is braced for another Chelsea player’s exit from the club as goalkeeper Eduardo is keen to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, according to a report.
The Sun has revealed on their website that the 34-year-old senior player is keen to part ways with the Premier League champions after just a year with the club.
The newspaper claims that the Portuguese international is looking to leave in order to save his spot in the World Cup squad after failing to play regular football since joining the Blues.
It is understood that Eduardo was in line to be club’s number two stopper behind Thibaut Courtois, but Conte’s recruitment of former Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero has led the Portuguese player to look elsewhere.
Conte has already made his frustration clear after what has been a tough summer for Chelsea.
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That misery was further compiled on Saturday with a shock 3-2 home loss to Burnley and now Eduardo has added to the Italian manager’s headache by wanting to exit Stamford Bridge, meaning that he may have to go into the market for a new third choice ‘keeper.
Eduardo moved to Stamford Bridge from Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb last summer, but failed to make a single appearance during their stunning Premier League season.
The stopper spent his younger years at Braga and spent a number of seasons away on loan to clubs such as Benfica and Genoa.
Football Insider verdict
Without a single senior game under his belt since joining Chelsea it’s completely understandable as to why the 34-year-old is eager for an exit. The Portugal international is in desperate need of regular playing time, and at 34 this will most likely be the keeper’s last chance of playing in a World Cup. Caballero’s arrival will have surely knocked Eduardo in Conte’s keeper rankings and if he stays for another season he risks being sidelined again. While it’s the best move for Eduardo, it would see Chelsea’s squad reduce even further, and after Asmir Begovic’s departure from the club it’s important that the boss looks to potentially recruit another stopper before deadline day. Conte won’t want to risk losing anymore players with an already limited squad choice.
In other Chelsea news, Batshuayi has sent a message to fans on Twitter after their shocking 3-2 defeat to Burnley.