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Nemanja Matic is a "great loss" for Chelsea says Antonio Conte

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Everyone might be talking about Lukaku, but Matic will be equally important, and it seems to be the case that Antonio Conte is as annoyed about having to sell the player because of what it takes from his side as he is about the fact a title rival has landed him.

And speaking in a recent interview with Sky Sports, the Italian boss described Matic's departure as "a great loss" for the club but one that he had to "accept". "But sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market, and sometimes you must accept different decisions".

"And sometimes you must accept different decisions. But he is a great loss for us". He's a very select player who's a top, top striker, but when the position goes so far it's hard to put it back.

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The champions have so far signed the likes of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, but Conte has insisted Chelsea still to strengthen before the transfer window closes on August 31. "But I am happy for him that he scored a goal after that and I'm sure that he will continue to score goals and that he will score many this season".

"This league is not easy. You saw that in the UEFA Super Cup game - he'll fit very well in there", Lampard said.

Despite picking up three pieces of silverware, the Red Devils could only muster a sixth-place finish in the league and are aware of the need to improve on that front and meet rising expectations. The transfer market is not finished. As a Chelsea fan you're always going to want more: 'Can we buy the best players? As you know the Premier League is the main target.

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"It won't be easy".

Conte added that he was optimistic Morata, who Chelsea signed for a club record £70m, has a bright future ahead of him at Stamford Bridge.

"He is a player with great experience, many years at the highest level and good experience, good stability". "He had a good fight against two good central defenders and I'm happy with his period and I'm happy with the way he fits into - I'm not exhausted to repeat - an unbelievable group".

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Asked if he would start against Burnley on Saturday, Conte said: "He's working very well and starting to understand our idea of football".