Antonio Conte reveals why Alexis Sanchez has yet to start a game for Inter Milan
Alexis Sanchez is 'not ready' to make his first appearance for Inter Milan, according to their head coach Antonio Conte.
Sanchez has made just one brief substitute appearance since completing his loan move from Manchester United at the start of September, with his fitness levels appearing to be a concern for his new boss.
Yet Conte has downplayed question makes over Sanchez's absence, as he insists he will be selected when he feels the moment is right.
"For him I say the same words I give for everyone else," Conte told reporters when asked about Sanchez. "When I see ready players, they will play. I have to work in the interest of Inter, not of individuals."
While Sanchez has yet to make his mark at Inter, Conte has been full of praise for his former Manchester United team-mate Romelu Lukaku after his fine start to the season.
Belgium striker Lukaku was Conte's big summer signing and he has scored three Serie A goals in the opening month of the season, earning warm compliments from his coach.
"Of Lukaku, I have said far and wide what I think and how well is doing, so I don't need to repeat this," he added.
"For the midfielders, on the other hand, I am happy. Beyond those who score, the more arrows we have available to our bow, the better.
"Even in the past, this is a department that has always played a fairly important and decisive role in my teams.
"When you start a new project, the hope is that it is long and lasting. The more you stay in a club, the more it means that your ideas are being assimilated.
"For a coach, to stay long is the best thing. I've never been able to coach the same team for more than three years, and change means starting from scratch. It's not easy because you have to find people who can support you in every context."