Having won the title last season, it’s safe to say that it’s been a disappointing campaign for Chelsea, and now one former star has had his say on Antonio Conte’s future.
The Italian is widely expected to leave the club this summer having had a number of run-ins with the club hierarchy over the course of the campaign, especially over the clubs transfer policy. He believes, and has publicly said on a number of occasions, that the club have not backed him sufficiently in the transfer market to challenge on four fronts.
Chelsea’s recent defeat to Tottenham at Stamford Bridge sees them eight points adrift of the top four with only seven games to play, meaning that the Blues are almost certain to miss out on the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.
Now, former Chelsea striker Gianluca Vialli has had say on his fellow Italian, believing it to be away from Stamford Bridge:
“There is no longer that sacred fire that characterised all of Chelsea’s performances last season,” Vialli told Sky in Italy.
“It seems to me that the attitude is different, maybe because they are not in the running for the title and so they stopped believing.”
“I think Antonio has got problems such as sharing his choices with the club during transfers. I think the players see this.
“I would be surprised to see Conte at Chelsea next season because I think he is almost looking forward to leaving, and I also think that Chelsea want to change, they want something new, maybe a manager who is more of a corporate man – people have been talking about Luis Enrique.”
While Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge is likely to only last for a few more weeks, Vialli, who of course was one of the best Italians to play in the Premier League, is sure his compatriot will not be out of work for long.
“Antonio, I don’t know, maybe Paris Saint-Germain. I guess clubs will be queuing up for him, so many clubs will want him, also our national team.
“I think Antonio will find a place to start working from and will win something important.”
Conte has been linked with moves to PSG and Real Madrid, as well as taking back his old role in charge of the Italian National Team.