Conte flew out with his squad to Austria today for a week long training camp and friendly matches with Rapid Vienna on Saturday and WAC RZ Pellets on Wednesday.

Kante’s arrival could now mean the departure of Serb midfielder Nemanja Matic, who is a £25m target for Conte’s old club Juventus.

The French midfielder, a key part of Conte’s plans for next season, is not expected to join up with Chelsea until they begin their tour of the USA next week.