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Former Man United defender emerges as contender to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea

As per a report from Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, Chelsea are considering the appointment of Laurent Blanc as Antonio Conte’s replacement at the club this summer.

Exit looming

The future of Italian tactician Conte has been the subject of heavy debate of late, with his stellar debut campaign in England last season having been followed by a hugely-disappointing current campaign.

The Blues are set to relinquish their Premier League crown to champions-elect Manchester City, were eliminated by Barcelona by an aggregate scoreline of 4 goals to 1 in the Champions League’s last-16, and look set to miss out on a spot in Europe’s top-tier competition next season, sitting a full 8 points behind 4th-placed Tottenham in the English top-flight table.

Candidates

The struggles of the capital outfit to this point in the campaign, coupled with the fact that Antonio Conte is known to be fed up with the transfer policy in place at Stamford Bridge, have seen a number of managers linked with taking over from the former Juventus man in London this summer.

The likes of Thomas Tuchel, Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone, Maurizio Sarri, Max Allegri and more have all been touted as potential arrivals at the club, with another name having been added to the growing list of potential Conte-replacements this afternoon.

As mentioned previously, the man in question is former Manchester United and Barcelona defender Laurent Blanc, who has spent time managing the French national team and Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain since initially trying his hand in the field of management with Bordeaux in 2007.

Tuttomercatoweb’s report claims that Chelsea have actually already approached Blanc regarding the position, amid claims that Antonio Conte’s exit is now more a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.

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