Musonda should follow Christensen’s example – Conte

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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda should follow Andreas Christensen’s lead if wants to break into the first team, according to boss Antonio Conte.

Musonda, 20, scored on an impressive full debut as Chelsea crushed Nottingham Forest 5-1 in the Carabao Cup in September.

But he has not played since and let his frustrations known with a post on social media site Instagram that was quickly deleted.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Conte said: “I spoke with him and I think Charly understood his mistake and, honestly, I think he has to continue to work hard to improve himself on the physical and tactical aspect.

“He is working well but his mind must be focused on the pitch, not social media. I told him this. My task is to help him find the right way, not the wrong way.”

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Conte suggested that the Belgian had not been punished, but simply reminded of how he is expected to behave.

“Above all with young players it is very important to speak with him and try to explain which is the right way,” the Italian added.

“I did this and I am sure he understood. I don’t see a problem with him. Social media is not the most important thing for him.

“Christensen can be a good example. After two years on loan, after a good experience with Borussia Mönchengladbach, now he is a player ready to play with Chelsea.

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“But I think Charly could have a good opportunity to play this season because we only have three number 10s – Hazard, Willian and Pedro.

“He is a talented player. He has a really good prospect to become an important for Chelsea. He has continue to work and the opportunity will come.

“I think it will be good to show that he deserves to play. I am sure about this because he is talented player. I am sure about his career, if his attention is more on the pitch not on social media.”

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