Date published: Saturday 5th August 2017 11:14

Chelsea have signed striker Alvaro Morata, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, defender Antonio Rudiger and goalkeeper Willy Caballero, but all are replacements, rather than additions.

Chelsea signed David Luiz and Marcos Alonso late in last summer’s transfer window, with both playing a key role in the Premier League title triumph.

Conte, whose side begin their Premier League title defence against Burnley on August 12, said: “I haven’t great patience. (But) we have to wait for the best moment, the best solution.

“Everyone can see the situation, not because the coach shouts, ‘I want this’, or, ‘I want this’. The situation is very clear.”

Former Juventus and Italy boss Conte was asked about Neymar’s £200million move to Paris St Germain.

He said: “It’s an impressive amount of money, £200million. If PSG is able to do this, why not?”

He was also asked if Chelsea could make a similar outlay and whether Eden Hazard might replace Neymar at Barcelona.

Conte said: “Only one player is not enough to improve our team. We need more players to improve our squad.

“These are rumours. Eden is very happy to stay with us and to start the new season.

“We are trying to buy the players, not to sell them. Otherwise the number is always less and we are in trouble.”

Chelsea’s rivals Manchester United and Manchester City have spent large sums, with the Blues selling midfielder Nemanja Matic to Jose Mourinho’s United, after securing Bakayoko from Monaco.

Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal will also begin the season hoping to succeed Chelsea as Premier League champions.

Conte said: “This league is the strongest league in the world because you have six teams ready to fight to win the title and only one team wins.”

The Arsenal contest, which Hazard (broken ankle) and Bakayoko (knee) will miss, is a chance to start well.