Antonio Conte tells Charly Musonda his chance will come at Chelsea if he thinks less about social media
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 13/10/17 3:04pm
Antonio Conte has told Charly Musonda his opportunity at Chelsea will come if he concentrates on his football and not on social media rants.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who has yet to start in the Premier League this season, posted on Instagram earlier this week that he was getting "literally nothing" back for his efforts on the training field.
Musonda subsequently deleted the post, but Conte held talks with the youngster and insists he understood his message to continue working hard and follow the examples of Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who have had chances in the seniors this term.
"I spoke with him and I think Charly understood his mistake," Conte said. "Honestly, I think he has to continue to work very hard to improve himself on the physical aspect and on the tactical aspect, but he is working very well.
"He must continue to work in the way that he is and to be focused on the pitch and not on social media, because social media is not the most important thing for his career. I told him this and my task is to help him always find the right way, not the wrong way.
"Honestly I think, above all with young players, it is very important to speak with them and to try to explain which is the right way. I did this. I am sure that he understood and I don't see a problem with him.
"I think of the expression 'we must be focused on the present'. The only things I can tell for sure are that he is a talented player and I see him very well. He is a really good prospect, to become an important player for Chelsea. I am sure about this. He has to continue to work in this way and for sure the opportunity will come.
"Charly could have a good opportunity this season to play because we only have three No.10s: Hazard, Willian and Pedro. Usually two No 10s play, so this season could be good for him to show that he deserves to play."