Conte didn’t technically agree to a contract extension this summer. His new contract was a mere pay rise in line with his achievements. The lack of an extension though was explained by Conte as a factor that motivates both him and the club to stay on their toes.
It also keep the severance package that Chelsea might have to pay to a minimal level. It is unlikely though that a manager of Conte’s calibre will be jobless long after a sacking.
There was speculation about Conte’s future in the summer, when it was claimed he was close to leaving his job as Blues boss because he was unhappy with the club’s transfer business.
And the Sunday Express say Conte is now considering quitting Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and returning home to Italy.
The newspaper declares that there have been “deep divisions with Blues top brass” over transfers and that he came close to leaving soon after leading the club to the Premier League title last season.
Conte is under contract until 2019 and the Sunday Express say he has refused to sign a new deal.
The continued speculation over Conte’s future comes after he recently told Italian radio: “Italy is my homeland. I’ll be back. I don’t know when but that’s the aim.”
The Sunday Express claim “it could be much sooner than anyone at Chelsea thinks” and suggest he could take over at Inter or AC Milan.
Conte has repeatedly insisted he intends to see out his contract. But these reports dont seem to die out. One way or the other though, the picture will be much more clear come next summer.
In addition to Conte we also expect to see more clarity in the Eden Hazard situation. Real Madrid’s interest is pertinent on how the performances of Bale and Isco pan out over the course of the season.
Kristoff Terreur who is an expert on Belgian matters recently speculated that Zidane could “make the call” to Hazard. However, any transfer would still be in world record territory so Chelsea will be well compensated for one of the best players in the world right now.
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