Antonio Conte is once again considering his future at Chelsea, with the Italian thinking about quitting the Premier League at the end of the season and returning to his homeland.
The Italian masterminded Chelsea’s unlikely Premier League title-winning campaign last season but his relationship with the club’s board has been a difficult one, disappointed by a failure to land a number of his priority transfer targets in the summer.
REASONS TO RETURN
The Italian signed an improved – but not extended – contract after delivering the top flight to Stamford Bridge, and his current deal expires in summer 2019.
According to Sunday Times, Antonio Conte is again considering a move back to Italy.
Castles writes that Conte’s ‘long-standing dissatisfaction’ at a number of factors, including a perceived lack of financial support from the boardroom, the ‘inaccessibility’ of chairman Roman Abramovich and ‘the promotion of academy players’, have made his future uncertain.
While TalkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil gave his opinion that
“Yeah I do (think he will leave to go back to Italy), I do,” he said Tuesday morning.
“I have a feeling he’s come here, he’s conquered.
Then I think he will go, I think this will be his last year.”
CONTE’S SAY AFTER CONTRACT IMPROVEMENT
Conte signed a new contract with Chelsea over the summer, but the fresh terms didn’t include an extension to his three-year deal.
Speaking after putting pen to paper at Stamford Bridge in July, the Italian said: “I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea.”
“We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.”
“The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”
RANIERI BELIEVES ‘CONTE WILL STAY’
Former Leicester manager Ranieri has dismissed the exit talk, instead insisting his compatriot is frustrated at his squad size.
He told Gazetta Dello Sport, “The Premier League remains the best and I’m not so convinced of Conte’s desire to return home. “
“Maybe he expected a different transfer window, but Abramovich has not spent crazy for some years.
“Manchester City and United have made big purchases, so I can imagine that for Antonio fighting multiple fronts with the same players more tiring.”
CONTE MISSES ITALY
Last week Italian boss admitted that he misses Italy.
Conte told Radio Anch’io Sport: ‘I miss Italy, there is no doubt.
‘It is not in my mind to stay abroad for a long time. Italy is my country. I will return, I don’t know when but that is the aim.’ It’s always difficult to predict the future. Let’s just say that a coach is a temporary worker.’
The English papers this morning have Conte leaving Chelsea to return to Italy ????
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Antonio Conte is a phenomenal manager and seems to be a good man. The Italian should commit to Chelsea. His project isn’t even close to being done and if he’s actually as competitive as he says he is, then he’ll know that the Premier League and its managerial competition is clearly the best in Europe. If he favors himself on the grand stage, Chelsea is where he must stay. The allure of home is always appealing but the greats are those who push boundaries instead of resigning to the comfort of them. Conte should show that, by staying for over 5 years, he can truly affect the culture and make-up of the club.