Antonio Conte has revealed that several of Chelsea’s first-team squad will be allowed to leave the club during the January transfer window should they wish to do so, report the Telegraph.

The likes of David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi have found game-time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge this term.

David Luiz Scores At Anfield
Antonio Conte had David Luiz firmly in his plans last season but that has all changed in recent times.

Luiz was a mainstay in the Chelsea side that won the Premier League title last time around, but has been replaced by Andreas Christensen since the Dane’s return to SW6.

Batshuayi scored the goal that won Chelsea the title against West Brom at the Hawthorns, but Conte has still continually chose to overlook the Belgian.

Michy Batshuayi
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With the World Cup fast approaching, players will undoubtedly be looking to ensure they are playing regular first-team football to ensure they will be making the trip to Russia in June.

Conte acknowledges this, and has revealed that any player who wants to leave this month for this reason will be allowed to do so. The Italian is quoted by the Telegraph saying:

“I was a player, I will understand if someone is worried about the World Cup. I understand it’s very important to keep players very happy to stay here to work with us and I think this must be our priority.”

“To keep the players happy to stay with us, to continue to work with us. At the same time, I was a player and I will understand if someone is thinking in this way (that they need to play more).”

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