Chelsea’s search for new manager continues as Conte’s exit appears imminent

Chelsea lifted their first silverware of the season after claiming a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Sunday. However, it doesn’t appear that cup success will be enough for club manager Antonio Conte to save his job at the West London club. The rumour market is abuzz with various reports linking the FA Cup winners with various candidates to replace their Italian manager. The Daily Express has claimed that Conte could get the sack within next 48 hours. Conte is in the final year of his contract,…

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Chelsea lining up a move for ex-Barcelona boss

The Sunday Telegraph has made a sensational claim that Premier League champions Chelsea are lining up a move for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. Recent reports had suggested that all is not well between the Blues and manager Antonio Conte, but a report from Sky Sports on Friday claimed that the Italian is happy at Chelsea and they expect him to stay with the club beyond summer. However, the Telegraph are running quite a contrary story on their Sunday’s sports section which claims that the Blues have sounded out Enrique to…

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Key Chelsea duo to stay at the club

Premier League champions Chelsea have insisted that manager Antonio Conte is happy at the club. Recent reports had suggested that the Italian manager is not happy with the lack of transfer activity this summer and he is contemplating an exit. However, according to Sky Sports, the Blues remain confident about the Italian, who won a league title in his first season with the club. The former Juventus boss is currently on holiday, and the West London club expect him to return for pre-season in the first week of July. Meanwhile,…

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Is Antonio Conte set to leave Chelsea?

Latest reports have led to speculation regarding Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea. Following a rush of bets, a couple of major betting websites, Betway and Paddy Power have suspended betting on the Italian being the next Premier League manager to face the sack this season. The Sun has additionally claimed that Conte stayed at Stamford Bridge today while Chelsea players trained at Cobham training ground. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has suddenly emerged as a favourite to replace Conte at Stamford Bridge. A spokesman for Paddy Power said: “It sounds…

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Conte aims to revamp Chelsea’s squad

Antonio Conte has identified that Chelsea’s squad is too big and as a result the Italian manger intends to allow several high profile players to leave the club before the start of the new season, according to the Independent. Potential for a swathe of departures Among those who Conte perceives as being potentially surplus to his requirements are goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, along with the South American duo of Juan Cuadrado and Oscar, as well as the French striker Loic Remy. Another player that may not feature in Conte’s plans for…

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Atletico Madrid told to stop hunt for Chelsea striker, switching attention to Liverpool forward

On Tuesday, reports in Italy claimed Diego Costa was close to returning to Atletico Madrid, but Blues coach Antonio Conte squashed those rumours by stating he won’t sell the 27-year-old. The Spanish striker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for months, as he experienced a massive dip in form last season, while Atletico have, on multiple occasions, publicly declared their intention of bringing the Spain international back to La Liga. Atletico president Enrique Cerezo revealed his club are close to landing Costa. “We like him a lot, I’ll…

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Conte and Mourinho get off to contrasting starts

The Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho managerial era’s at Chelsea and Manchester United have began with contrasting fortunes, following the two team’s first pre-season friendly matches. Disappointing start for Conte Conte took charge of Chelsea for the first time against Rapid Vienna, with the Austrian Bundesliga side running out comfortable 2-0 winners. Despite being without a number of important players who featured at Euro 2016, such as Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Pedro, Conte was still able to name a relatively strong line-up. That included his…

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Germany vs Italy – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

The standout quarter-final encounter of Euro 2016 takes place in Bordeaux as world champions Germany aim to reach the last four for the sixth major tournament in succession, although opponents Italy have thwarted them on many occasions in the past. It was the Italians who extinguished Germany’s hopes of winning the World Cup on home soil in 2006, winning a thrilling match 2-0 after extra time, and more recently it was Mario Balotelli who proved the difference in the semi-finals of Euro 2012; so although they are the underdogs, Italy…

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Antonio Conte’s tactically perfect Euro 2016 Italian job

Full of determination, discipline, energy, intelligence, passion and tactical acumen. Italy’s performance throughout their 2-0 win over Spain in the second round of Euro 2016 represented all of the qualities that the Azzuri’s manager Antonio Conte has gradually instilled in the team since taking charge in August 2014. Prior to the finals Conte was cautiously optimistic and quite reserved about Italy’s prospects of performing well, but subsequently Italy’s campaign is currently evolving as Conte suggested it might, with the manager compensating for the lack of individual talent within his squad…

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Chelsea to launch massive bid for Serie A stars

Like Manchester United and Manchester City, Chelsea are primed for a big summer. The Blues have a new coach coming in, Antonio Conte, and want to take revenge for a very poor Premier League season. With Conte’s excellent relationships in Italy, Chelsea have been linked with a number of Serie A stars and according to a report by The Sun, the Blues are ready to launch a massive bid for two Italian stars. The report claims Chelsea are apparently willing to offer £32 million for Juventus’ centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and…

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Chelsea facing stiff competition for Serie A winger, in risk of losing out on big transfer target

Like Manchester United and Manchester City, Chelsea are primed for a big summer. The Blues have a new coach coming in, Antonio Conte, and want to take revenge for a very poor Premier League season. With Conte’s excellent relationships in Italy, Chelsea have been linked with a number of Serie A stars. The biggest name out there has been AS Roma’s Radja Nainggolan. The Belgium international has been linked with a summer switch to Stamford Bridge for several months now, with an initial offer of £27.6 million rejected by the Serie…

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Twitter welcomes Antonio Conte to Chelsea

On Monday, Chelsea announced that Antonio Conte will take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge. He will be the fifth Italian to manage the Blues, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. When the news got out, Twitter welcomed the 46-year-old to Stamford Bridge: Get us some Serie A players who have balls @Conte — Mourinholic (@Mourinholic) 4 april 2016 Since 1971/72, Conte is the Juventus manager with the highest win ratio in Serie A (72.8%)https://t.co/wdxtJfcV13 pic.twitter.com/GTeYDeVwzM — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) 4 april 2016 Just…

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Chelsea announce Antonio Conte as their next coach

Chelsea have announced that Antonio Conte will take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge, starting from next season. “I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club,” the 46-year-old said on the club’s website. “I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that. “I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League. Chelsea and English football are watched…

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Chelsea interested in at least four Serie A stars

Chelsea’s future manager Antonio Conte is planning to raid Serie A to rebuild the Blues’ squad once he arrives at the club in the summer. The West London club have been linked with a host of Serie A stars of late, and the latest reports suggest that they are tracking, at least, four players in the Italian top flight. According to Italian source Calciomercato.com, Conte will make a move for Inter Milan wide man Ivan Perisic once he arrives at Stamford Bridge. The 27-year-old Croatian international, who moved to Inter for…

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High-profile manager confirms Antonio Conte’s appointment at Chelsea

Former Chile national manager Jorge Sampaoli has almost confirmed that Antonio Conte will be taking charge of Chelsea in the summer. Sampaoli also claimed that he was Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich’s first choice to take charge of the club, but his lack of knowledge of English ended his hopes of landing the job. “I had a meeting with Chelsea’s owner, and he told me that I was the first option,” he told Argentine station Radio Vorterix, via Daily Mail. “I was about to be their new coach. “But then Conte…

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Antonio Conte to inform Chelsea of his plans to sign two midfield heavyweights

In recent weeks, Antonio Conte has emerged as the clear favourite to take charge of Chelsea in summer. As other candidates have dropped out of the race, more and more media outlets have claimed that the current Italy manager will replace Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge during the summer. Goal.com understands that the Italian is set to agree on a three-year deal with the Blues, worth £6.5 million per year. The report states that Conte will hold further talks with Chelsea officials in Monte Carlo in the coming week. According to…

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Antonio Conte expected to sign Chelsea contract soon

Antonio Conte is expected to sign a three-year deal to take over as Chelsea manager within the next 10 days, according to Sky in Italy, and as reported by Sky Sports. The current Italian national team and former Juventus boss has been linked to the Blues for awhile, together with current Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, among others. Simeone was reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea, while Allegri is set to sign a new deal with the Serie A champions. But now, it…

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Italian is favourite to coach Chelsea next season

As it stands, Antonio Conte is the odds-on favourite to become Chelsea’s coach next season, according to Sky Sports. The Blues have reportedly agreed a deal in principle with the current coach of Italy’s national squad and former Juventus boss. Conte’s contract with Italy expires after the 2016 European Championship and, therefore, the Italian will be free to move to Stamford Bridge, without any compensation needed to be paid to the Italian Football Federation. The news outlet also quotes Sky Italia’s Valentina Fass, who states Chelsea want to make a decision about their…

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