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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: 'I have admiration for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez'

Conte: 'I have admiration for Sanchez'
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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says that he is an admirer of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, but suggests that he has no plans to sign the Chilean international.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has suggested that he has no plans to try to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, despite speaking with the player earlier this week.

While Arsenal were in West London for the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, Conte and Sanchez had a conversation in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge.

However, despite acknowledging his admiration for the Chilean international, Conte has claimed that he will not enter the race to sign the attacker, who has just six months remaining on his Gunners contract.

The 48-year-old told reporters: "I said hello. He is a great player, he knows very well that in Juventus I tried to buy him from Udinese but he went to Barcelona. He knows very well my admiration for him. So it was a good chance to say hello to him.

"No other situation or conversation. I repeat for sure I have great admiration for players and he is one of them. I stop."

Manchester United are said to have agreed financial terms with Sanchez, who is also interesting Manchester City.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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