Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea FC has once again been thrown into the spotlight after the Blues’ 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Sunday, according to reports in the British media.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the Blues are set to consider Conte’s position at Stamford Bridge once again after the west London side suffered another disappointing blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
However, the same report says that the west London side are reluctant to sack Conte before the end of the season because it would mean that they would have to pay the Italian the remainder of his £9m a year deal.
For that reason, the same article claims that Chelsea FC are “reluctant” to fire Conte and would rather that the Italian left the club on the back of his own decision.
According to the same story, Conte would unlikely to be short of offers from other clubs should he leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea FC have struggled to produce consistent form all season after having won the Premier League title in style.
Their defeat by Tottenham and draw with West Ham last weekend has left Chelsea FC in fifth place and 10 points behind fourth-placed Spurs with just six games left to play this season.
Chelsea FC could still win the FA Cup this season and will take on Southampton in the semi-finals at Wembley later this month.
Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia have their say on the future of Alvaro Morata
Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia are both keen for Alvaro Morata to remain at Chelsea despite interest from Juventus.
According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, as translated by Sport Witness, Chelsea owner Abramovich and director Granovskaia still see a future for the Spanish international at Stamford Bridge.
After signing for a club-record fee from Real Madrid in the summer, Morata has endured a frustrating time in west London over the course of the season.
Despite a blistering start to his Chelsea career with eight goals in his first seven games, the striker has only netted two goals for the club since the Boxing Day win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
And amid doubts over his long-term future in the capital, reports in Italy claim that Juventus are interested in taking the Spanish international back to Turin.
Morata enjoyed a successful time with the Bianconeri between 2014 and 2016, before Real Madrid activated a buy-out clause in his contract to re-sign him.
Speaking back in October, the 25-year-old made it clear he was extremely disappointed to leave Juve to return to Real.
“There were contractual agreements to respect,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The disappointment was huge: I went right back to the start.
“They treated me like the kid I was before the two seasons in Italy.
“I arrived [in Italy] feeling like a boy and I returned feeling like a true player. I should never have left Italy and Juve.
“I really miss Italy. My wife would like to live in Spain; I’d like to live in Italy.”