In Focus: Chelsea confident that the frustrated Conte will sign new deal

According to reports in The Times, Chelsea are confident that manager Antonio Conte will sign a new contract before the start of the season despite tensions between the Italian and the club’s board.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Times reports that Conte wants more control over signings and was keen for the club to move quickly to secure his transfers targets this summer – something which has failed to happen and he has become frustrated about.

With the likes of Premier League title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United already signing players, the Italian will be worried that his team could get left behind or miss out on preferred targets.

However, despite winning the league in his first season in charge, Chelsea are unwilling to change the way they currently do their business as two league titles in the last three years shows it is a successful formula.

Have there been any other problems?

There certainly has been.

The relationship between the board and Conte was also strained following the revelation that the Italian boss had let striker Diego Costa know that he wasn’t part of his plans for next season by text, which could end up costing the club millions of pounds according to The Guardian as potential suitors know they want rid.

Will he sign a new contract?

As always seems to be the case in football, the fall-out is probably just a way of encouraging each other and finding some sort of compromise, and it would be no surprise to see Chelsea step up their transfer business in the coming week or so.

Owner Roman Abramovich certainly won’t want to lose Conte after such a successful first year, while the Italian will want at least one more season at Stamford Bridge to try and retain his title and have a real crack at winning the Champions League.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, despite the fall-out and disagreements between the two parties, it seems unlikely that Antonio Conte will move on now, especially with the Inter Milan job in his home nation being taken by Luciano Spalletti.

It is more likely to be a negotiating tactic, and it would be no surprise to see Conte sign on the dotted line sooner rather than later.