Roman Abramovich

Revealed: The major decisions that await Chelsea this summer

Chelsea face a summer of major decisions as they look to replace manager Antonio Conte, appoint a new technical director and secure the futures of nine first-team players, according to The Telegraph.

Conte, who is fighting to save his reputation, is set to be let go in the summer with the Blues facing the prospect of paying the Italian £9m to sack him.

With no Champions League football, there is also concern that Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois may not sign new contracts, with the futures of seven other players also uncertain.

Conte replacement

Jose Mourinho & Antonio Conte

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United and Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea shake hands after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on February 25, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Roman Abramovic faces one of the most important summers of his reign at Stamford Bridge as he looks to prevent the club from falling further behind their rivals.

With the prospect of no Champions League football following a woeful defence of their title, the West London club are looking to make the right changes this summer to avoid a repeat of this campaign.

Abramovic is set to start at the top with the appointment of a new manager with Conte’s dismissal near enough a certainty.

For the former Juve boss, he is looking to save his reputation by avoiding an end-of-season meltdown to prevent potential suitors from being put off by his negativity, off and on the pitch this season.

Securing the stars

Eden Hazard v Roma

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma at Stamford Bridge on October 18, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Blues could face the prospect of facing a real fight to keep hold of Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois who are both in need of new deals. Real Madrid are keen on both players.

Seven other players that also have just 12 months left on their current deals include; Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and January signing Olivier Giroud.

Meanwhile, the futures of Michy Batshuayi and Kurt Zouma remain unresolved, with both players having spent the season away on loan.

Full-Time: Tottenham 1-3 Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 01: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Dele Alli’s brace brought to an end Tottenham Hotspur’s 28-year wait for a win at Stamford Bridge helping Mauricio Pochettino’s side to tighten their grip on the top four, moving eight points clear of their London rivals.

Whilst Chelsea got off the mark first through Alvaro Morata, an incredible strike from Christian Eriksen drew Spurs level just before the break, changing the complexity of the game.

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