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Antonio Conte has urged Charly Musonda to concentrate on his football and he will get chances to prove himself at Chelsea.
The 21 year old took to instagram last week to lash out at the lack of first team opportunities at Chelsea, although the club has since handled the issue, Musonda has been told to focus on his game rather than social media.
In the pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Crystal Palace, Conte confirmed he held talks with the forward and that he now understands he has to continue working hard if he wants to break into the first team
“I spoke with him and I think Charly understood his mistake,” Conte said. “Honestly, I think he has to continue to work very hard to improve himself on the physical aspect and on the tactical aspect, but he is working very well.
“He must continue to work in the way that he is and to be focused on the pitch and not on social media, because social media is not the most important thing for his career. I told him this and my task is to help him always find the right way, not the wrong way.
“Honestly I think, above all with young players, it is very important to speak with them and to try to explain which is the right way. I did this. I am sure that he understood and I don’t see a problem with him.
“I think of the expression ‘we must be focused on the present’. The only things I can tell for sure are that he is a talented player and I see him very well. He is a really good prospect, to become an important player for Chelsea. I am sure about this. He has to continue to work in this way and for sure the opportunity will come.
“Charly could have a good opportunity this season to play because we only have three No.10s: Hazard, Willian and Pedro. Usually two No 10s play, so this season could be good for him to show that he deserves to play.”
Musonda subsequently featured in Chelsea’s defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday but couldn’t make any difference as the team went on to lose 2-1. He had a superb chance to draw the team level after he came on as a substitute but blew it over the bar.
If Musonda is to force his way into Conte’s starting xi, it is opportunities like this that he has to take. He will get more chances to prove his quality, hopefully he takes them next time.