Chelsea arrange friendly to get Ross Barkley up to speed

Chelsea's Pedro battling for the ball during their FA Cup third round match against Norwich City

Ampadu will start again in the defensive line when Chelsea host Norwich in Wednesday's FA Cup third round replay at Stamford Bridge and Conte praised the youngster for pushing himself in training at Cobham to make the most of the first-team opportunities afforded to him.

"Now we are preparing a friendly game for him during this week and then we will see his physical condition".

The Blues boss had pencilled Barkley into his squad, but the midfielder was not signed from Everton by the required registration deadline to play in the original tie at Carrow Road on January 6, so is unavailable. The 47-year-old admits he's getting frustrated talking about a transfer that will never happen.

Conte was speaking ahead of Conte's FA Cup 3rd round replay against Norwich City tomorrow night.

On Under-17 World Cup victor Hudson-Odoi, he added: "I think we are talking about a player with good potential".

Meanwhile, a number of Chelsea supporters are clamouring for prolific academy striker Callum Hudson-Odoi to be given a first-team chance, particularly in light of recent struggles in front of goal for Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi. "But my task is to try to improve him and try to put him in the best physical condition and make the best possible decision for the team". "He deserves to play".

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"He could be ready for the next game or the next game".

"I don't know but I don't think so", replied Conte to a question about the possibility of signing the Chilean. To play with the right concentration. "We'll see if this situation can change". We are working very well, very hard, to try to build something important for this club.

"I like to talk about a situation that could be real, you understand?"

"It's unusual for a player who is only 17 but that shows age is not important if I give you the chance to play and you repay me with a great performance". I'm the coach - I decide. First impressions are over so it's time for me to play with confidence and passion.

When the point was pressed, an irritated Conte snapped: "Every press conference there is always this question about whether I'm anxious about making my players happy. No".

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