Inter Milan might have interfered with Chelsea’s plans to force manager Antonio Conte to commit to a new deal. Inter are planning to heavily influence the Italian coach to return home after one successful season in England.
The former Juventus coach does not want to commit to a new deal until Chelsea are official winner of the Premier League this term. He has delayed talks of a new deal, using the excuse that he does not want the distractions that come with it.
Chelsea are hoping the last two months of the Premier League go as planned. It so, it would see Conte lift the Premier League in his first year in charge. There is also the FA Cup which Chelsea are favourites though there are threats in Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Conte could really do the double in his first year.
The Stamford Bridge management believes they have the season in the bag so they seem to be planning ahead. Hence, pressuring Conte to promise to spend more time at the club.
Conte’s family is still in Italy. Though they are reportedly set to join him during the summer, Milan want to force Conte to return home and see his sojourn in England as a year adventure. Since the Chinese takeover of the club, Inter have insisted on getting Conte to help resurrect the former European champions.
Having seen what some managers can do – like Jose Mourinho’s treble in 2010 – Milan want Conte badly as they plot their dream of reaching the top again. The club is also keen on buying Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois.
Atletico Madrid are keen on re-signing Costa, aside a big-money move for the 28-year old if he wants to move to China. Real Madrid – since they can now compete in the transfer market with their embargo lifted – want the Belgian pair of Hazard and Courtois.