Chelsea rubbishes reports of Antonio Conte leaving the club
Amidst many reports doing rounds that Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte is all set to leave Stamford Bridge just three months after taking charge of the club has been brushed aside by the club. The Italian has not had an ideal start to life as the manager of the West London club, with Chelsea seventh in the league table.
Many leading betting companies had suspended bets on Conte to leave Chelsea on Thursday. However, according to reports on Sky Sports, the rumours regarding Conte's departure are false and the former Italy manager was preparing for Chelsea's match against Leicester City that is to happen on Saturday.
The 47-year-old had signed a contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2019. Following his topsy-turvy start to life in England, it seems that Conte has not been satisfied with not getting the players he wanted during the transfer window.
It was rumoured that Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich held a meeting with club directors following their 2-1 loss to Liverpool. However, it has been clarified that no such meeting took place and the owner is waiting to see how the season unfolds under the Italian.
Chelsea spent around £116 million this summer transfer window with the acquisitions of David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante.They were the third highest spenders the last window, only behind the two Manchester clubs.
After starting his English Premier League career with three wins in the first three games, Conte failed to win a single game in the month of September, losing to Liverpool and Arsenal. The upcoming fixtures for the 2014/15 champions are not very easy too, with Leicester on Saturday and Manchester United the following week.
Having failed to defeat the two big teams he met so far, Conte will be hoping that the Blues can win their next two matches, both of which are in front of their home fans. Whether it is a problem with how Conte has managed his players or whether the former Juventus manager has not got his ideal list of players remains to be seen.
Any club with a new manager can expect to face some disappointments early on, however, with the type of demand that exists in modern football, it cannot be definitively said that Conte's job is safe. Abramovich is known to fire managers as and when he feels that the team has been below par or not to his satisfaction. Only time will tell how Conte can handle the pressure that he faces in his job at Stamford Bridge.
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