Antonio Conte has been heavily linked with a summer exit
Antonio Conte took over the charge of Chelsea in the summer of 2016 and won the Premier League title on his debut season. But their title defense haven’t gone according to their plan as they have finished fifth and will miss the Champions League next season.
However the Premier League giants ended the season on a positive note by winning the FA Cup against Manchester United. Despite that Conte is still heavily linked with a move away from the club.
The Italian has been linked with a summer exit for quite some now after a decline in club’s performances this season. The coach’s future has been under scrutiny since before the season began, as he negotiated a pay-rise without extending his contract and complaints over the club’s transfer policy.
Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked to become the new manager of Blues for the next season. The Italian side have already appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager for the next season but the 59 year old is still under contract with them.
Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly has backed former PSG manager Laurent Blanc to become the new manager of the club and claims he would be very happy if he is appointed.
But he believes that the former Juventus coach should be given another chance if they fail to sign Blanc this summer.
The 52-year-old won the Ligue 1 title with Bordeaux as well as three league titles with the Ligue 1 champions, including the domestic treble in 2015-16 before departing by mutual agreement. He is yet to return to management, but is one of the names on the club’s shortlist to replace Conte.
“I would be very happy if Laurent Blanc becomes the new manager of Chelsea, but if it doesn’t work, I want to give another chance to Conte,” Desailly told Goal.
“He had to make some concessions about his system, his philosophy and his method of working. In 2016-2017, he won the Premier League with a revolutionary three-man defence. It was a weird year because a lot of teams were in transition, like Manchester City, Liverpool and United.”
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