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Conte reveals why Cahill will captain Chelsea next season

24 July 2017, 01:03 | Shelley Chandler

GETTYAntonio Conte is set to see Alvaro Morata complete his move to Chelsea

Antonio Conte

One player who's been demonstrating many of those qualities fairly consistently so far this pre-season is Michy Batshuayi, who's squad spot is no longer assured at Chelsea after the arrival of Álvaro Morata and the resurrection of the Fernando Llorente rumors.

Morata will be hoping to help Chelsea retain their Premier League title next season after the Blues won the trophy last term.

The 29-year-old Spain global left the pitch midway through the first half of the 3-0 friendly victory over the Gunners at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium after a heavy collision with goalkeeper David Ospina.

"I think that it's right to continue with Cahill, if he plays, it's right he's the captain", the Evening Standard quoted Conte.

"It's very important that the club understand your idea and are ready to work together, to try together and to have this solid foundation".

It was an unstoppable, bending drive from the former Marseille man, who may nonetheless end up playing understudy to Chelsea's new record signing Alvaro Morata. The Chelsea boss brought him to Turin three years ago but the national team came calling and Conte duly accepted the post as Italy manager.

Conte expects another signing to arrive in the next few days before they continue their pre-season training in Singapore.

The Italian also had words of praise for his young striker, and revealed that he was showing steady improvement.

In midfield, we might see the French duo of N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko partnering each other in centre midfield, while Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso are set to keep their wing-back roles from last season.

"I must be honest, last season was very tough, it was very strong for me and for my family". I'm happy, and I think it's the same for the club.

Pedro needed medical attention after colliding with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in the first half and was replaced by midfielder Jeremie Boga.

"I know what he wants from me".

"For me, a striker is very important, he is a point of reference and when a striker stays in the right position, it's easier for the team to play good football".

"When we finished last season and you were asking about my contract, I told you that I have two years contract to go", he said.

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