Chelsea boss Antonio Conte set to be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte set to be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.

According to the Daily Record, the former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich manager has held talks with owner Roman Abramovich and will be in charge before the start of next season.

Conte has clashed with the board after publicly criticising the club’s transfer policy.

The Italian has also fallen out with key players, with Diego Costa being shipped out to Atletico Madrid, while defender David Luiz has been ousted from the first-team picture.

The Blues have endured a difficult start to their Premier League defence, losing four games so far, including disappointing defeats to Burnley, Crystal Palace and West Ham.

Ancelotti has been linked with a return to PSG, but the Daily Record report that he’ll make a sensational comeback to Stamford Bridge.

In the Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry said: “Ancelotti will not be returning to PSG because he will be moving back to London in February.

“And there he will be waiting to replace Conte at Chelsea. He has been spoken to by Chelsea with regards to succeeding Conte, who everyone at the club believes will not be at the club beyond the end of this season.

“Indeed, if things go badly in the Champions League knockout stages then he may even be away before then and Carlo will be in situ. That’s what will be happening.

“He will definitely be gone by the start of next season.

“Ancelotti moving to London is significant because he’s had talks with Roman Abramovich, he is the preferred candidate to replace Conte and change the management style back to one that’s less abrasive and less confrontational.

“Ancelotti is famed for being diplomatic, for listening to his players and how they want to play.”

Ancelotti was in charge at Chelsea for two seasons, winning the Premier League and FA Cup, before being sacked in 2011.

The Blues are currently third in the Premier League, 14 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

They return to action this afternoon as they host Southampton.

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