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Chelsea manager reveals which three Roma players he would want to sign

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Fresh from a shock 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, Chelsea will be hoping to maintain their 100% record in Europe when they host Roma on Wednesday night.

The Blues pulled off an impressive 2-1 away win at Atletico Madrid in the previous outing and -despite their poor domestic form - are considered clear favourites at home to Roma.

However, Chelsea will be without some key players - N'Golo Kante, Victor Moses are sidelined with hamstring injuries whilst Alvaro Morata is expected to make his return.

The 24-year-old Spanish forward has been sorely missed and reports suggest Antonio Conte will try and find a replacement for the underperforming Michy Batshuayi.

Yet to score in the Premier League this season, Morata's Belgian understudy was hauled off after just 57 minutes away at Crystal Palace.

Chelsea's Italian coach spoke to the press on Tuesday afternoon and confirmed that Morata will be available for the Champions League clash with Roma.

Conte revealed that Chelsea had previously tried to sign Roma's dynamic central midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

"It's not right to speak about players from other teams," said Conte. "We tried to buy him but, now, Nainggolan is a Roma player. I have great respect for him. He's a really good player - one of the best midfielders. But he's an opponent.

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Three Roma players Conte wants at Chelsea

The former Juventus boss delivered an interesting response when asked which Roma player he'd most like at Stamford Bridge.

"It's always difficult to answer these sort of questions," Conte told reporters. "It's a group that counts. Within the group, you've got some very good players.

"There are three players that I know really well - [Daniele] De Rossi, [Alessandro] Florenzi and [Stephan] El Shaarawy, because I know their hearts. And If I could steal a bit of their hearts it would be very helpful."

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All three Roma players were part of Conte's EURO 2016 squad, in which Italy were eliminated by Germany in a penalty shoot-out.

Conte took the reigns at Chelsea immediately after the international tournament and secured Premier League glory in his first season in England.

Despite last season's success, all is obviously not well between the Chelsea board and an Italian manager who was disappointed by the club's ambition in the summer transfer market.

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