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Conte refuses to discuss Martial speculation

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to discuss the ongoing speculation linking Anthony Martial with a move to Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman has been in-and-out of the starting lineup since the turn of the year and this has intensified the talk of him leaving Manchester United.

A recent report from the Telegraph suggested that the Blues could make an approach for the France international, should they lose Eden Hazard during the summer.

However, in his weekly press conference, Conte appeared to dismiss the gossip by citing that it would be ‘disrespectful’ to speak about an opposition player at this point of time.

 “I think this is not the right moment to speak about this. As you know very well, I don’t like to talk about players of other teams. It’s disrespectful for the other players, my players and the other clubs. Our focus is on finishing this season in the best possible way,” he said.

Chelsea are presently six points behind third-placed Liverpool in the table and they face a must-win game against the Reds this weekend, if they are to have any chance of making the top-four.