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It's not about happiness, winning is everything: Conte


By Staff Reporter

Antonio Conte prioritises winning over his Chelsea players' happiness and has told Diego Costa to focus on the bid for silverware after further speculation over the striker's future.

Chelsea are top of the Premier League with four games to play and in the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal as Conte seeks the double in his first season as head coach.

But speculation continues to surround the future of players including Costa, who has again been linked with a mega-money move to Tianjin Quanjian, and playmaker Cesc Fabregas, who is not guaranteed a starting spot under Conte.

The Italian did not clarify Costa's situation yesterday, saying: "Now is more important than the future."

And when asked if he could keep Fabregas happy, Conte said: "I mustn't keep the players happy. We must win. You speak about 'happy'. I speak about 'to win'.

"I want players ready to fight. Then, if you are happy or unhappy, I don't care," added Conte, whose side host Middlesbrough on Monday night.

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