Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in press conferences lately, and after last nights disappointing 2-1 Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal the Blues coach once again spoke about his clubs transfer policy.
Despite the Stamford Bridge club saying that their manager has a big say on potential targets, the 48-year-old Italian said:
‘From the summer, the club decides every single player. There are different situations, sometimes I have an impact on this and sometimes I don’t have an impact.
‘My first task is to do my job and be a coach, and to try to improve my players.
‘For sure, I don’t have a big impact in the transfer market.”
Conte was said to be livid during the summer when his club missed out on a host of his first choice transfer targets, including Kyle Walker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente.
While The Blues manager certainly has a point that his Premier League winning squad needed to be strengthened in the summer to deal with the added pressures of Champions League football, Chelsea did spent £202 million in the transfer market during the summer, so sympathy toward the former Juventus coach can really only extend so far.
With this consistent tension between coach and his clubs board, it seems like it is only a matter of time before Conte leaves Stamford Bridge.