MOSES: CONTE DIDN’T TELL ME I’LL BE A WING-BACK. HE JUST PUT ME THERE

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Victor Moses was given a chance by Antonio Conte to remain at the club, having spent the last three seasons on loan.

He started the season as a winger, but as Conte switched to a 3-4-3 system, Moses started the away game at Hull in October at right wing-back, and has been a key player ever since.

The 26-year-old has revealed that the Italian didn’t tell him that he’d play as a wing-back.

“He didn’t say it to me, he just put me there,” Moses said, when asked about his initial thoughts on being asked to play right wing-back. “After that he kept on encouraging me and going through it with me, explaining what the position is all about, mostly in training. He was constantly talking to me to make sure I improve and I took it all in.

“It’s a new position and he gave me the opportunity to express myself. I know I’ve never played that position before but I’m enjoying it. I just want to keep on working hard.”

Prior to this season, Moses had spent his whole career operating as either a winger or striker, and he has revealed that he’s enjoying his role as a wing-back.

“To be honest I just want to play football, it doesn’t matter which position, I just want to help the team,” he said. “It was the Hull game where it started, I really enjoyed it and afterwards I kept watching videos to make sure I was in the right place.

“It’s a big position and you need a lot of stamina to play there. There’s a big responsibility because it’s not a position where you can lose a lot of balls, you have to be concentrated for every minute. I have to make sure I help my team-mates when I go forward and defend as well.

“I’ve been learning a lot defensively, the manager has been teaching me in training and I’ve taken everything in. When I play against a winger, I’m a winger myself so I understand what they’re going to do before they try to go past me, so it makes it a lot easier.

“The manager knows I’m good offensively but defensively I need to improve more and the manager really gets on top of me in training and makes sure I’m doing the right thing.”

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