FORMER CHELSEA MIDFIELDER ATTACKS ANTONIO CONTE

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Former Blues midfielder Mario Stanic is unhappy with certain comments made by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

The midfielder who spent 4 years at Stamford Bridge has hit out at Antonio Conte over comments he made about the Chinese Super League.

Speaking to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, the former Chelsea midfielder said: “I read how Conte cried that Chinese clubs are not being fair.

“Wow, wait a minute, why didn’t you say that kind of things when you were Juventus or Chelsea coach?! So if Juventus is taking players from smaller clubs, it is OK and everyone should be honoured and proud, but when Chinese clubs throw money on the table it is wrong?

“I am glad that Chinese clubs have shown up because Europe’s biggest clubs are a little scared now. And deservedly so, because there is now someone out there with more money…

“Players who get offers from China are finding it hard to reject a move there because of the money. But no-one has the right to criticise those who move to China. Those who do that are being unfair and are hypocrites.

“Each player has to make his own decision, taking in mind what he wants from football, what he has been through, how much he has earned so far and the fear of injuries.”

Stanic made 59 appearances for Chelsea, and scored 7 goals.

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