Conte to spend wisely

Antonio Conte says Chelsea are working on adding some reinforcements to the club during the January transfer window despite it being a difficult time "to buy great players".

Conte categorically ruled out signing a new defender and said the Blues won't buy just for the sake of it.

Speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup clash with Peterborough on Sunday, Conte said: "In January it is always difficult to buy great players because the other teams don't want to sell. To buy only to buy, I don't like.

"Not closer, but we have some ideas about this. We are working around these ideas."

Despite losing Oscar and more recently John Obi Mikel to the Chinese Super League, the Blues boss won't rush to sign any new midfielders, while certain publications have reported that Swansea striker Fernando Llorente could be brought in, if the Swans can be persuaded to part ways with their Spanish front man.

Conte, who has the experienced trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill at the centre of his defence added: "I don't think we need another central defender, no."

His resolve in this area was strengthened by the return of French international defender Kurt Zouma, who is fit again following a long-term knee injury.