Conte to meet Abramovich within a week, deal eminent

Sankha Ghosh / 05 March 2016
Conte now closer than ever to become Chelsea boss.

Antonio Conte will reportedly meet Roman Abramovich secretly in Monte Carlo within one week to chalk out the final details of his appointment as the next Chelsea manager, according to Daily Telegraph.

The current Italy head coach is all to agree on a three-year contract to take charge as Chelsea manager next season when he meets Abramovich in person.

Conte’s brother Daniele owns the One Apple restaurant in Monte Carlo, and the decisive meeting could be held in that restaurant.

However contrary to the latest reports in Italy, Abramovich has not yet informed the Chelsea squad that the 46-year-old Italian will be their next manager. But one senior player has already informed team-mates, it’s a done deal.

Amidst these confusing reports, Abramovich now seems keen to end any uncertainty over the Chelsea post, unless Conte talks himself out of the job.

A topic for discussion during the meeting in Monte Carlo could be the future of veteran John Terry, who had revealed earlier that Chelsea would not be handing him a new contract but this week admitted he was hopeful of convincing the club hierarchy to extend his deal.

Chelsea have always said that a decision regarding Terry’s future could not be chalked out until a new permanent manager is appointed. “I’m very hopeful,” said Terry.

“I’ve been at Chelsea 21 years and I’ll never kind of give up until it finally happens. But, who knows? I’ve still got a lot to give, whether that’s here or somewhere else.”

A final detail which is yet to be agreed between Conte and Chelsea is his staff at Stamford Bridge. The former Juventus manager hopes to bring in as many as five of his own men from Italy.

Antonio Conte reportedly wants to bring his long-term assistant Angelo Alessio, defensive coach Massimo Carrera, fitness coach Paolo Bertelli, his brother Gianluca, who scouts the opposition, and Mauro Sandreani, who looks after the tactics and talent-spotting.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are doing their best to convince Italian manager to keep Steve Holland on his first-team staff and also trying to find a suitable place for club legend Didier Drogba, when his playing contract with Montreal Impact runs out at the end of the upcoming Major League Soccer season.

46-year-old Conte has till now satisfied the Chelsea hierarchy in talks conducted by director Marina Granovskaia, with the minute detail even stretching to how he will utilise and develop the club’s youngsters just like  Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Loftus-Cheek this week signed a new five-year deal which could earn him more than £60,000-per-week and Chelsea have promised the 20-year-old more first-team opportunities in the coming weeks.

While technical director Michael Emenalo has prepared a plan for the player’s development, it is believed his name has already come up in the recent conversation between Chelsea and Conte.

It’s quite clear, Chelsea are more desperate than ever to utilise and nurture their young talent instead of seeing their academy graduates excel elsewhere, following the huge success of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku away from the club.


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