Conte: “What I read was ridiculous”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has rubbished reports that he failed to sign Ross Barkley from Everton because he had his phone switched off. Reports claimed Barkley had a medical at Chelsea on transfer deadline day – something denied by the player – but then snubbed a move to Stamford Bridge because he was unable to talk to Conte.

When asked at a press conference about the rumours the Italian said: “First of all, I want to tell you that I don’t like to speak about players of other teams because it is a lack of respect. But what I read about this issue was ridiculous. Ridiculous. I stop. It’s ridiculous. With this adjective, I tell you my thoughts of this news.”