Chelsea warned they risk losing Antonio Conte within a year

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Meanwhile, Diego Costa, whose 20 goals and seven assists powered Chelsea to the league title last term, has been iced out of the team and has been told by Conte that he isn't part of his plans for the coming season.

Carragher criticised the transfer of Matic, who has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea.

Conte's side this summer have spent £70m on Alvaro Morato in a club-record deal, £34m on Antonio Rudiger and central midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for £40m.

Conte steered the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season, but has stated he expects the next campaign to be the most hard of his coaching career after reportedly growing frustrated by the club's summer transfer activity. "If you're a manager why would you want to let him go - especially to a rival?"

'The Matic deal is a ideal example.

"What I would say is Chelsea have a business model, a very ruthless one".

Much like their stance on Ivan Perisic to Manchester United, Inter have fixed a price for the 30-year-old, but fortunately for the Blues, it's a lot lower than what they're asking for for the Croatia worldwide.

'The success they've had in changing managers ... they're not going to take anything off Conte.

Nemanja Matic attempted 1,826 passes in the Premier League last season.

"They're not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can't really complain".

'Maybe that is a frustration for Conte.

Liverpool football legend, Jamie Carragher, has stated that he won't be surprised if Antonio Conte isn't Chelsea's manager come May 2018.

With the champions offloading so many players and so far failing to replace them, former Blues stopper Mark Schwarzer believes Chelsea could be in for a disastrous second season similar to that of Jose Mourinho's second spell at the club, as reported by the Daily Star.

"They've had a lot of distractions and I think they could have moved on from all of this if they signed an adequate replacement".

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