– Conte has dismissed reports about Morata leaving for Juventus next season
– The Chelsea striker has been struggling to hit top form since his summer arrival
– The Blues will play against Huddersfield and Newcastle in their last two matches
Antonio Conte has said he will not sell embattled striker Alvaro Morata despite reports linking him with Juventus.
The Spanish international has struggled to hit form this season scoring just 11 Premier League goals in 29 appearances.
The 25-year-old has attributed his difficult form to regular painkilling injections, and hit back at his critics in the process.
Having spent two years with the Turin giants between 2014 and 2016 there have been speculation he could return to the Serie A club.
Reports from Italy claimed Juve could make a £60m ($81m) bid this summer or result into a loan deal for the striker.
But Conte has insisted Morata must focus on the remainder of this season and also prepare for the 2018/19 campaign.
“Morata is Chelsea’s player, he must be ready to play tomorrow and next season. I think the situation is very clear,” he told reporters.
When asked about Juventus rumours Conte added: “I don’t like to comment on speculation. Now it is right for everyone to be focused on the present and finish this season in the best possible way.
“I think this season was a difficult season, but not only for Morata. Your [the press] focus is only Morata, but I would like it if your focus was for the whole team. Not only one player.”
Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League table, and sit two points behind London neighbours Tottenham, with a further three points behind Liverpool who they defeated last season.
The Blues will be facing Huddersfield Town on Wednesday before their final league game of the season away to Newcastle.
Their hopes of making a top-four finish will have to depend on Spurs not having maximum points in their last two matches.
Chelsea will be looking to finish the season on a high when they lock horns in the finals of the FA Cup against Manchester United at Wembley.
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