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Antonio Conte’s Chelsea exit timetable

Antonio Conte & Chelsea

Another day, another report claiming that Antonio Conte is already planning to leave Chelsea.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League after seven rounds of the season.

It’s been a mixed start to the campaign for the Blues, as they’ve already been beaten by Burnley and Man City on home soil.

At the same time, many were lauding Chelsea after they became the first team to score and win away at Atletico Madrid’s new ground in the Champions League.

Express: Conte’s Chelsea exit

The big story on the back page of the Express on Sunday is that Conte is ready to walk out of Chelsea at the end of the season.

Perhaps the most shocking part of the story is that the Express have the gumption to call their report an ‘exclusive’.

Rumours claiming Conte is heading for the Stamford Bridge exit have been swirling for months. Moreover, the Italian boss has fueled the discussions by openly confirming his intention to return to Italy.

Chelsea’s financial penalty?

Before digging into what the Express say, it’s worth noting that this time last week, the Sunday Times ran a similar Conte update.

The big rumour was that Conte remains unhappy with life at Chelsea, and he’ll leave the club at the end of the season. That’s despite the fact Conte signed a three year deal when he joined the club.

It was also claimed that the only reason Conte didn’t leave Chelsea last summer was due to money.

Had Conte quit, reported the Sunday Times, the Italian would have been hit with a hefty financial penalty as per his contract. It’s believed Chelsea had a £20m ­termination penalty clause in Conte’s contract.

But according to the Mirror in the past few days, no such clause exists in Conte’s contract.

Bad news for the Blues

The Express tell their readers the following:

Antonio Conte is weighing up quitting Premier League champions Chelsea at the end of the season and returning home to Italy.

He won’t have any problems finding another job in his homeland with both AC Milan and Inter Milan who wanted him back in the summer already mentioned as probable destinations.

Whether there’s any truth to the claims Conte could end up at either Milan club remains to be seen.