The Italian earlier this season expressed frustration at Chelsea’s summer transfer market, particularly in comparison with Manchester City’s recruitment.

City lead Chelsea, last season’s Premier League champions in Conte’s first season, by 11 points after 13 games ahead of the Blues’ clash with Swansea tonight. City play Southampton.

Conte would no doubt like to strengthen further but he will wait to be asked his opinion rather than make demands to improve his squad in the January window.

“If one day the club try to ask me something about this topic I can give my opinion but at the same time I am very happy to work for this club with these players,” Conte said. “I know and the club knows very well we are trying to build something important for the present, for the future.

“We started to build something last season. Last season we were so good to win at the same time but don’t forget we are building and the club knows very well what is our situation.”

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