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Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte essentially admitted that the decision to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United was out of his hands.

"I don't think we're going to see that replicated (in England)", Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said.

Chelsea may have already spent over £100 million strengthening their Premier League title winning squad, this summer, but manager Antonio Conte is still not satisfied with his board's transfer dealings and is determined to force through more moves before transfer deadline day. My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team.

All teams, barring Spurs, have made some big-money signings this season, and while more are expected before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month, there will be a lot of focus on how these new signings go in the first couple of weeks.

This will no doubt have supporters worrying - as the Blues were dispatched by Inter Milan and Bayern Munich in the preseason - before a sluggish effort against Arsenal saw them defeated on penalties in the Community Shield. I think we are better than last season.

These loan deals allow Chelsea's youngsters to gain experience in England's top flight, but also the Blues know they are providing lower calibre teams with young players who have the ability to cause damage to their Premier League rivals.

Chelsea begin their defence at home to Burnley on Saturday and the Italian is expecting a tough battle as Chelsea seek to become the first team to retain the league since Manchester United in the 2008-09 campaign.

Even the sides with a more defensive nature, Chelsea and Manchester United, have enough quality in attack to provide great moments. However, after telling Costa that his future lies away from the club and record signing Alvaro Morata adjusting to his new surroundings, Conte may be forced to rely on Batshuayi more than ever. "We will focus first on the Premier League, for us it is the most important".

But his place in the starting line-up looked in jeopardy after Chelsea signed Tiemoue Bakayoko earlier in the summer. "Six teams are very strong and you must be prepared". "But of course at the moment I have 33 players and it's hard to manage such a high number on a daily basis".

The Blues are without John Terry after the club captain called time on his Chelsea career to move to Championship side Aston Villa.

"We are champions. We have to face every game in the right way". We want to be competitive and we want to fight for the title again.

The Merseyside club has added two promising English players in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and defender Michael Keane from Burnley, while Koeman looked closer to home to sign Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax.

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