Bad weekend for Chelsea
Saturday was a bad day at the office for Chelsea.
For the second time this season, Chelsea were beaten on home soil.
Man City claimed a significant 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The only game of the game came from former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne.
Chelsea, after losing 3-2 to Burnley on the opening day of the season, have now dropped more points at home in2017-18 as they did last term.
Antonio Conte’s exit plan
According to the Sunday Times, Chelsea need to start planning for their next manager.
That’s because Antonio Conte has no intention of fulfilling his three-year contract which he signed when he joined the Blues.
The big rumour on Sunday is that Conte remains unhappy with life at Chelsea, and he’ll leave the club at the end of the season. Readers are told:
Sources close to Antonio Conte have signalled his interest in leaving Chelsea at the end of this season, inviting leading Serie A clubs to bid for his services.
Disputes over Chelsea’s summer recruitment, the inaccessibility of Roman Abramovich and the owner’s senior executive Marina Granovskaia, as well as the promotion of academy players, were all important factors in Conte’s thinking.
It’s also claimed that the only reason Conte didn’t leave Chelsea last summer was due to money.
Had Conte quit, 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.
Conte’s new contract
After winning the Premier League in his first season in England, Chelsea rewarded manager Antonio Conte with a new contract.
However, rather than extending his stay in west London, Conte simply got a pay rise.
It’s believed that Conte is now the highest paid manager in Chelsea’s history. The Italian is reportedly on £9.6m a year, but his contract only stretches until 2019.
Further, it’s worth noting that Conte recently discussed returning to Italy on Radio Anch’io Sport. Conte said:
I have a longing for Italy, that’s beyond any doubt.
It’s not in my head to stay abroad for too long. It’s good to have beautiful experiences, but I intend to go back to Italy one day.