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Reports tend to claim that Chelsea youngster Kenedy will join Newcastle on loan this January.

The Brazilian hasn’t had regular football at the top since he joined Chelsea and was supposed to join Rafael Benitez side in the summer, but the deal didn’t go through due to Chelsea’s thin squad.

There has also been rumours of a likely January exit for david Luiz.

Speaking about the rumours surrounding Chelsea, Conte failed to confirm or deny if they were true.

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“A difficult period is starting for every player and coach,” said Conte. “There are a lot of rumours in this period. Some are true. Some rumours are wrong.

“We must be ready to face this situation. I think the best way for me is don’t read and only to chat with the club.

“Then we’d like to try and improve the squad if this is possible.

“There are a lot of rumours now and we must be ready to face these.

“We must also be ready to be focused and play game by game.

“We have to play every three days and we can’t let these rumours disturb us.”

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