Conte: My players don't listen to rumours

English Premier League

The likes of David Luiz, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been linked with Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent months.

However, the Italian gaffer his players will be focused on the Christmas period.

"A difficult period is starting for every club and coach because there are a lot of rumours, some are true and some are wrong," he told a media conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against an Everton side resurgent under Sam Allardyce," Conte told the media.

"We must be ready to face this situation. The best way for me is don't read [the reports] and only chat with the club and then try to improve our squad if this is possible.

"We must be ready to face these rumours but at the same time focus to play and go game by game because we have to play every three days and it's not right for these rumours to disturb us.

"There are a lot of rumours and we have to live with these. For sure my players are very focused on this period. We don't listen to these rumours, because a lot of these are not true."