Victor Moses extends Chelsea contract to 2021

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Conte admits, however, that living away from his family - who remain in Italy - has not been easy.

"I knew him very well and his reputation", Conte said.

Conte's future has also been the subject of contrasting speculation in England, with several reports claiming that the Italian is in advanced talks with Chelsea to extend his current contract, which runs until June 2019.

"This new contract is testament to Victor's hard work and dedication to succeed at Chelsea and we believe he will be a big part of our future success". "You have the possibility to improve your players, to improve your team, and to grow together".

"I'm enjoying my football and we have a good manager here that has given every single one of us confidence".

Conte has turned a club that looked in disarray last season into champions-elect in seven months.

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However, he spent the next three seasons on loan at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United.

So dependent are Chelsea on his heroics that Conte is fully aware of the need for additional cover in the position. We don't lose offensively but we are better defensively. It's a season where there are a lot of players that won a lot here and we changed the team.

Johnson added that, with Chelsea eager to add further depth to their strike force in the summer-key targets include Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku and Moussa Dembele-Batshuayi will request a temporary departure from west London in a bid to earn more minutes.

Eden Hazard is expected to be fit after receiving a knock in training.

Conte - whether discussing his own situation or that of one of his players - prefers to focus on the present and says Batshuayi can feature more often, if he proves his ability in training.

"Now he is working very well with us, he must continue to work".