From lifting the Premier League title, Chelsea, in a matter of months have fallen into a very difficult situation this season.
They have no chance of Champions League football next season and are yet to decide on who will take over the club next season.
With the current manager Guus Hiddink only appointed on an interim basis, Italy’s national coach Antonio Conte was widely tipped off to replace the Dutchman after the end of the season.
But recent reports from the Mirror have suggested that Chelsea might lose out on their first choice manager for the next season.
46-year old Conte revealed earlier this year that he will be leaving the national team for a club coaching career and has has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge to take over when interim manager Guus Hiddink’s contract concludes at the end of the current season.
However it is now understood that Serie A franchise AC Milan are planning to make a move for the national coach at the end of this season.
It is understood that Chelsea had a falling out with the 46-year old and are now looking elsewhere for viable options.
Conte reportedly wanted 5 of his staff members to move with him to Stamford Bridge but the Blues hierarchy deemed the demands as excessive and the move now seems to have fallen through.
In a recent interview, when asked about his future, Conte refused to talk about a particular club and also denied any contact with the English franchise.
He said, “I’ve taken the choice, and now we’ll see what the future holds, if there’s something beautiful in Italy or abroad. These choices are never taken lightly.”
However, he insisted that he was leaving the Italian national team and revealed that it has not been easy for him to take the decision. He also mentioned that he has had no contact with any clubs not only from England but also from all over Europe.
“There aren’t any offers in England tempting me because right now I’m still the coach of the national team and for me this is a fantastic experience,” he added.
This will come as a big blow for Chelsea who will have to rebuild next year. With the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho in-charge of rival clubs, the blues will have to find a manager who can take them back to their best.
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