Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte’s shock Italian u-turn

Antonio Conte & Chelsea

Sorry Chelsea fans. It’s happening again.

The tabloids are refusing to let this story go, as once again on Tuesday it’s reported that Antonio Conte may walk out on 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.

Italian u-turn

According to the Sun on Tuesday, Conte may be set to return to Italy.

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And if that happens, Conte would likely have to walk out of Stamford Bridge sooner rather than later.

That’s because the Blues boss is being tipped to take over the Azzurri job before the 2018 World Cup. The Sun announce:

Italian chiefs are plotting to lure Antonio Conte back as national boss.

Italy’s faltering qualification for next summer’s World Cup has prompted senior figures within their FA to launch a lobbying campaign to get him to return.

Current boss Gian Piero Ventura is under huge pressure having only managed to clinch second place in Group G behind Spain.

Chelsea’s financial penalty?

Conte agreed a three-year deal with Chelsea.

Will the manager face a financial penalty if he walks out of Stamford Bridge early?

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

Had Conte quit, reported the Sunday Times a few weeks back, 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.