Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has hit the headlines in the past couple of weeks because of his row with Jose Mourinho. He had nothing to say about the Man Utd manager in today's press conference. However, he had plenty to say about his future at Stamford Bridge, and in a word it looks uncertain.
Conte refused to commit to the club beyond his current contract which ends in 2019. After an opening day defeat to Burnley speculation was rife that Conte would quit. However, he stayed put and he currently has Chelsea in 3rd. With rumours of interest in Conte from PSG, Chelsea might not be able to hang on to the Italian.
Conte: Anything Is Possible In Future
All the talk has been that Conte will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, a year before his contract expires. Roman Ambramovich is used to losing managers, but usually they leave on his terms. Conte spoke to the media earlier today and did little to quell the speculation. He said:
“Anything is possible. I have another year of contract at this club, but as you know in football everything in possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job. In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away.”
Chelsea Speculation Normal
Conte then went on to say: “For the manager of this club it's normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup. This is the history of this club for the manager.”
“I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. (But) there is something strange if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn't happen.”
Conte has been linked with the PSG job, as has his arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho. The lure of Paris and a bottomless pit of money for transfers seems to appeal to both managers. It would be no surprise to see one of them sitting in the dug-out at the Parc des Princes next season.