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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been urged by former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson to make sure Antonio Conte is given the power to sign the players he wants to bring in once the transfer window opens in the new year.

There have been reports of Conte’s unhappiness at not being able to sign the players he wants and it was a bit evident in the summer transfer window, as Chelsea struggled to make signings till late in the window.

Speaking of Conte’s case in handling transfer signings, Thompson believes it should be the manager’s final decision that should stand.

“I would think majorly,” Thompson said when asked if he thought it could be an issue for the Blues once the window opens in a fortnight.

“I can’t believe it at these football clubs now. I know things have changed with directors of football or you have other people, Steve Walsh at Everton and when he was at Leicester.

“It has to be the manager’s final decision. They can flag-up players, he can give his ideas, they can give their ideas and I’m talking a transfer committee etc.

“But if your job is on the line, you should have the final say when it comes to players because you have to deal with them day in and day out.

“[If] you get somebody who you don’t fancy, straight away when they come in you’ve got a bit of a downer on them because the committee have chosen him rather than this one that he wants.

“He’s moaned all season so far about what’s happened in the summer and the transfer policy and what’s going to happen, I do not think he’s happy.”

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