Antonio Conte right to delay Chelsea contract talks

Antonio Conte has suggested that he has put off contract talks with Chelsea in order to focus on winning the Premier League title, reports The Guardian.

What’s the word?

Despite not yet even finishing his first season in charge, questions have already been raised over Conte’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

The Guardian claims that the club’s hierarchy are keen to offer the Italian fresh terms as he is on the verge of guiding the club to Premier League glory.

It is believed that Inter Milan are sniffing around, and given that the Serie A club recently sacked head coach Stefano Poli, those rumours will only intensify.

Conte, though, appears solely focused on winning tonight’s game against West Bromwich Albion as they will secure the title in doing so.

The Guardian quotes the 47-year-old as saying:

Should Chelsea fans be concerned?

Quite the opposite. They should be pleased that their manager is only interested in ensuring that the Blues get over the line in the title race.

There is no reason why Conte would walk away from the West London outfit at this stage.

Winning the title in your first season in charge is an incredible feat, but Conte will feel as though he is just getting started.

His reluctance to hold talks over a new deal does not mean that he is considering a switch to Inter, it could be a case of there not being a rush to improve his current deal, particularly as he has two years left.