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Antonio Conte hints at loan for Chelsea defender Matt Miazga

Antonio Conte has hinted that defender Matt Miazga could leave Chelsea this summer in search of first-team football to aid his development.

Miazga, 21, faces competition from John Terry, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic for a place in the centre of Chelsea's defence.

Conte has said he is pleased with the U.S. international's potential but suggested he could be set to leave the Blues on loan.

"I think in this moment it is good if he plays to improve, to go and get experience to improve," the Italian said. "You can improve only if you play.

"You play every game or a lot of games during the season. But he is a good guy and I am very happy about him.

"Miazga is a young player, he has a good technique and I think that he is working very well under the physical aspect, but the tactical aspect he can improve a lot and I think that he is improving with the work."

After joining from the New York Red Bulls for £3.5 million in January, Miazga has played twice in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Conte has said Diego Costa will be available for the West London club's International Champions Cup finale vs. AC Milan on Wednesday (9:35 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

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