Transfers ‘Sanchez and Vidal are best in the world’ – Conte keen on signing Chilean duo Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Chelsea Antonio Conte A. Sánchez Arsenal Premier League While the manager admits he has only limited input in his side’s transfer policy, he has identified the two Roja stars as top targets Antonio Conte has admitted that he is a big fan of both Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez as the January transfer window opens.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, not Conte, is in charge of new signings at Chelsea as Roman Abramovich’s representative at the club. The Italian prefers to be called head coach at Chelsea as he wants to focus on the technical side of the game rather than the business of transfers. But despite changing his phone number to avoid agents’ calls, Conte does identify transfer targets – and he is a big fan of the Chilean duo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think there is this maybe this habit here, but I’m not involved in the transfer market, I give my opinion but the club decide for the players they want to buy, to invest in,” he told reporters.”I changed my number. I don’t have this problem. In this period for us it’s very difficult, but it’s right for the club to be involved 100 per cent in the transfer market and to try to do the best for the team and for the club and I’m ready to face every situation.“We must stay calm. I don’t like to speak about other players of other teams but you are talking about two big and strong players, top players for their roles, and Vidal is one of the best in the world but Sanchez is the same as a striker.”Conte’s admission of admiration for Sanchez comes just a day before his Arsenal side face Chelsea in the London derby. Sanchez will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season but Manchester City are thought to be in pole position to secure his services. Chelsea have a small squad compared to some of their rivals, and could look to strengthen in January. Conte is keen at the very least to not see any current first-team players leave even on loan unless replacements are signed.The 47-year-old gave details on how he plays his role in the club’s ambitions to secure players in the transfer windows.”I think that we must be ready for all and to work on the pitch and also to work on the transfer market but you have to understand what your role is in the club, I’m very focused on the pitch to try to improve my players and the transfer market is for the club,” he added.“I trust in my club and I’m sure they will take the best decision for the team. In this case when I tell that I give my opinion to the club, I try to tell where are the roles we can improve also on the numerical aspect because in some roles we don’t have a couple of players.”Or there is a young player that is not ready to play with the first team. If the club ask me some names I try to do this but then it’s the club, it’s the club that decides the name, the investment, which is the best player for the team.””I think that the situation can change a club-by-club [on who signs the players], in Italy for example there is a sporting director to talk about the transfer market also with you and to answer these questions and for the coach.“It’s easier because I understand that in England it’s a bit different and in every press conference in this period it’s normal to get this kind of question. I think that it’s important for you to know and I’m a coach, I give my opinion if the club ask me, I think it’s right.”Michael Emenalo has left his key role of technical director in Chelsea’s transfer process to become sporting director at AS Monaco. The club doesn’t yet have plans to bring in someone new to work on transfers with Granovskaia but are considering various options which may not include a like-for-like replacement.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s media folks do a really good job of getting postgame quotes up online right away. Like, really good. West Virginia’s didn’t get them up until Sunday, and they only included quotes from the two head coaches. All that to say, I sort of pulled these quotes from all over the place and they’re late and incomplete [Alex Cate joke goes here]. Apologies.Mike Gundy on the 4th down and goal in OT“We got to the fourth down and the yard or yard and a half, whatever it was, but there really wasn’t any decision,” Gundy said. “I guess there was a decision [but] I had already thought that through.AdChoices广告“As soon as the overtime starts I had in my mind what we wanted to do if we got to fourth down, and that was to go for it unless it was out of the realm. Because I just didn’t feel like that if we kicked a field goal on the road, the crowd would have gone crazy knowing that all they had to do [to win] was score, and momentum was already against us.” (Go Pokes)Dana Holgorsen on the 4th down call”It was a good call on fourth down in overtime, to call a run after we stopped them all game,,”Mike Gundy on his cardiac cowboys“Well, I’m guessing that TV loves us. If you’re going to an Oklahoma State game, you don’t turn it off all the way until the final buzzer goes off. I’m really proud of our team. I don’t really have an explanation for everything other than they’ve been pretty resilient at the end of these games.” (Oklahoman)J.W. Walsh on wanting this win for the seniors“To come in and redeem ourselves from the last time that we were here, it’s a good feeling. Especially for our senior class and everybody else that was here. It’s a big win for us.” (O’Colly)Emmanuel Ogbah on his TD“It felt great. I didn’t actually know I scored. I just hopped on the ball and all of a sudden the referee signals touchdown. I was shocked just like everybody else.” (O’Colly)Glenn Spencer on Morgantown“Not a lot of people come in here and win on the road at night,” defense coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “We talked to the guys about that – ‘It’s different. It’s just different. They’ve got a big advantage.’ You felt it.” (Oklahoman)Chad Whitener on Ryan Simmons’ absence“Going into an environment like this, I asked him because he was here in 2013. He said, ‘It’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be crazy. You just gotta ignore it and just play your game.’ He’s a real good mentor, being a fifth-year guy, and he’s smart as hell. We do this for Ryan Simmons. It’s originally his defense, and I’m just trying to step in and do my best.” (O’Colly)Glenn Spencer on missing SimmonsI broke my rule never to text on game day. I texted him this afternoon. I said, ‘Hey buddy, we miss you and don’t ever forget you’re still a large part of what we are.’ He just hit me back and said, ‘Thanks coach. You don’t know what that means to me.’” (O’Colly)Mike Gundy on his defense“They were tired. It’s hard for me to say that because as a coach you always want to have your players in a position where they are not fatigued. We were a little tired. I think last week’s game and the game the week before that I think took some juice out of our players. It showed up a little bit with our football team tonight.”
Mike Gundy is the most important (and best) coach in Oklahoma State football (and maybe sports) history. The football part is at least indisputable. So I’m always interested to see what he has to say about program building.Obviously Boone Pickens’ money goes a long way whether you’re in Corvallis, Stillwater or Gainesville. Cash is paramount to building programs. But the one thing I’ve noticed Gundy mention over and over again is continuity. I have this theory about why Gundy hired Mike Yurcich a few years ago, and it has nothing to do with LEGOs.Gundy hired Yurcich, I think, because he wanted to get somebody who would be around for at least five years (I have written about this before). He rolled the dice on an unknown because he knew he could train him (because Yurcich is clearly intelligent) and knew that OSU would still feel big time to Yurcich in a way it didn’t to Holgorsen or Monken after a year or two.Gundy all but said this in the preseason.“Mike has come a long way,” said Gundy. “The reason that we brought Coach Yurcich to Oklahoma State is because we felt he was a young, upcoming, innovative coach and I had been very fortunate as a head coach to have that style of a coach with Larry Fedora and Dana Holgersen and Todd Monken, guys that are innovative and strong-willed and can make a decision and Mike’s fallen into that category.”And he even wants to stay!Then Gundy affirmed it in his weekly radio show this week and mentioned why continuity is important (recruiting — duh).””We have a plan, and we adjust it each year based on where the strengths are talent-wise on both sides of the ball, but the overall terminology, the structure in offensive meetings with the coaches, not only scheme-wise but also in recruiting, stays the same,” Gundy. “In preseason, when I had my meetings, those took considerably less time because everybody had already been with me for a year.You get the feeling he wanted to follow this up with a praise Him from whom all blessings flow.“I don’t have to go over all of that stuff before they get it, so that’s less time they spend in there listening to me and they can go in there and do something constructive. When you have two or three new guys on the staff, you have to go over everything to make sure it’s done right exactly the way you want it. It just takes time to bring those guys along.”The self-deprecation is compelling, and the point resounding: Oklahoma State (and any school) is good when its coaches are good, are all on the same page and have been there a long time. Gundy has that right now, and OSU is rolling. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.