Antonio Conte refuses to rule out leaving Chelsea in the summer

Carla Harmon
January 12, 2018

A report in Thursday's edition of Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claimed that Conte's replacement at Juve is now being lined up to join the Blues this summer, a move that makes flawless sense.

Conte stressed it would be the club's decision, suggesting also that Chelsea's high turnover of coaches increases the amount of scrutiny on the role.

But the 48-year-old has cut a frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge this season and there have been widespread reports of unrest behind the scenes.

He added: "For the manager of this club it's normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup".

Conte continued: "I have a lot of experience to deal with this situation". (But) there is something unusual if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach.

On the other hand, Allegri is contracted until 2020 with the Italian club and the Bianconeri arenot keen on letting him go. "That never happened to me and will never happen", said Mourinho at a later press conference.

The two Premier League managers, Conte and Mourinho, have been exchanging insults throughout the 2017/18 season, with both until now showing no signs of slowing down.

"I think that Conte has not realised who he has been dealing with yet". We have started our work here.

Chelsea next face Manchester United in the English Premier League at Old Trafford on the 25 February. In football now it is very hard to predict if you can stay many years with one club, especially in England.

"I hope so. If he continues this way, why not?"

It began when Mourinho made comments about his touchline persona stating that he no longer acts like a clown, Conte interpreted the comments towards him and intensified the feud stating the Portuguese coach has "demenza senile".

"Baba is recovering from a bad injury and I didn't have possibility to see him in training with us", Conte said.

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