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Chelsea need defensive signings, says Conte as Cuadrado future stays in doubt

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that he has concerns about the lack of experienced defenders at his disposal as he also seeks to resolve questions over Juan Cuadrado's future.

The Blues have been linked with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Ricardo Rodriguez and Nikola Maksimovic in recent weeks as frustrations grow at their inability to sign a defender despite the area being a target for improvement all summer.

The 47-year-old has been heavily involved in his new team's recruitment efforts but the club thus far have only secured two players.

On the positions where he is still keen to strengthen, Conte told reporters on Friday: "I think we need to sign some players. We have too few players in defence and we are working with the club to find a solution.

"We arrive after a season which was not so good but we are working very hard to improve the situation but, if you ask me, the real target of this squad now is very difficult. We need to pass more time to have a better answer game by game. I have contact every day but I discuss this with the club. We must find solutions."


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Chelsea recalled Cuadrado from his loan with Juventus on Conte's instruction in July but he was left out of the matchday squad against West Ham in their Premier League opener on Monday. 

Juventus are close to re-signing the Colombian winger after opening talks and Conte confirmed that he will not return to the first team against Watford, or any time soon, until his situation is resolved.

"For Cuadrado, we are waiting on the situation. It must become more clear about his position at the club," said the boss. "Now he is Chelsea's player and today he had training with us."

The former Italy coach also confirmed that the Londoners have no new injuries ahead of their game on Saturday afternoon and will likely select a very similar side to the one that beat the Hammers.