Antonio Conte is prepared to leave Chelsea this summer, less than two months after delivering the Premier League title in his debut season.
Reports have emerged that the former Juventus manager is frustrated with the Blues hierarchy’s approach in the transfer market, with a failure to secure the players the Italian wants, and failing to secure them quickly.
It’s a similar story to last summer, when Marcos Alonso and David Luiz were way down Conte’s list of options, but as the summer went on, and deals disappeared, Conte had to move for the former Bolton Wanderers full-back and Paris Saint-Germain defender, out of desperation.
Of course, Alonso and Luiz became two of the Blues’ key performers in Conte’s midway season shift to 4-3-3, however, Conte was never totally convinced by the talent of his makeshift five – Victor Moses at wing-back never really should’ve paid off.
It has already been a difficult summer for Chelsea, with Diego Costa going public with Conte’s ‘we don’t need you next season’ text message, meaning the Blues are now unable to demand the Spaniard’s true transfer market value, as clubs know they need to sell.
That would’ve added to the tension in the boardroom, with Conte’s approach, although deemed refreshing by fans who hate player power, Chelsea were no doubt wanting to outlay any stupidly-high fee for Romelu Lukaku with the sale of Diego Costa.
In May, Conte hinted at his lack of satisfaction, demanding that he wants Chelsea to see his “true value”. But perhaps Conte needs to realise Chelsea are no longer a ‘pull’ for players, in fact, despite their brief allure from 2004 to 2014, they never really have been.