Chelsea board have shortlisted Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte who is likely to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
According to the Times, Chelsea have begun the process of finding a suitable replacement for Conte, as the Italian’s antics have not gone well with the Chelsea officials. Conte reportedly signed a new deal with the Blues after a successful season last year, the deal did not include an extension which means that the manager has only a year left on his contract.
Diego Simeone has led the Rojiblancos to a La Liga title win and two Champions League finals where they fell short against rivals Real Madrid. The Argentine was approached before by the Blues two years back, but Simeone was not interested in the move.
But, with the speculated sale of Griezmann this summer, Simeone could be on the lookout for a new club. A move to England would be highly unlikely for the former Argentina International due to his lack of fluency with English. A move to former club Inter Milan could be a possibility for Simeone. Apart from Simeone, Carlo Ancelotti is also on the radar over a return to Stamford Bridge.
Possible destinations for Conte
The Times reporting that Chelsea expect Antonio Conte to leave the club (coinciding with Di Marzio linking him with the PSG job), & Diego Simeone as the club's replacement.
If they think Jose Mourinho plays defensively, wait till Diego brings his bus from Atleti.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) January 5, 2018
A little blunder in the second half of the season could lead to Conte’s exit in the summer. The Italian is reportedly not interested in a return to managing the Italy national team. A return to Italy could be well on the cards for Conte.
Apart from that, PSG is on the lookout for a new manager and have shortlisted Antonio Conte for the same.
Diego Simeone has achieved success for Atletico Madrid and a switch to Premier League would be a huge step for him. The communication factor cannot be ignored and Simeone would rather be a better fit at Serie A than Premier League. Carlo Ancelotti would be a better option for the Blues having already managed the club before in the past.