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Chelsea have been in poor form this season amid reports that Antonio Conte will be axed at the end of the season.

Conte has complained about the lack of quality in the Chelsea team as he has often blamed the club for not signing top players, and with the club’s recent struggles, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich must be scratching his head thinking about what could have been if the club hadn’t sold Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku early.

West Ham chief Karren Brady has slammed Chelsea for letting go of the three players who have been excellent so far this season.

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He said: “Name three of the outstanding half-dozen players in the league and surely Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku would be among them.

“Each of them was tried and inaccurately tested as promising professionals by Chelsea.

“Sold for a combined total of £58million, currently the lot would be worth around £400m at today’s ludicrous prices.

“It seems to me Chelsea’s system of signing the best talent and lending it out to all points of the compass is bound by its very voraciousness to have serious weaknesses.

“To fail to recognise one future great is unfortunate, to do so three times is shocking and has weakened Roman Abramovich’s club by default.

“With that trio in Conte’s side, he or any half-decent manager would be embracing glory rather than fifth place in the league.”

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