New York Times journalist Rory Smith claims there is a feeling this one will be Antonio Conte‘s last season at Chelsea.
Smith believes all the signs are pointing towards Conte leaving Stamford Bridge next summer.
The Italian coach recently signed a new contract but he didn’t extend the deal, he only agreed more lucrative terms: with all the disquiet coming from the Blues in the last weeks, it seems the moment Conte will depart from West London is not so far:
“There seems to be at Chelsea, a kind of understanding that this will be Conte’s last season whatever happens,” Smith claimed.
“Why? He’s never made it clear.
“Mourinho at Manchester United is pretending he wants to be there for 10 years, just as [Pep] Guardiola is pretending he wants to be there [at Manchester City] for 10 years, they don’t.
“Managerial lifetimes last three to five years.
“Pep Guardiola will not be at Manchester City for the next 10 years.
“Conte’s always made clear this is a short-term thing.
“I’m not 100 per cent certain his wife and daughter have moved to London yet.
“There has always been this whisper that he feels that two or three years will be enough and there were suggestions at the start of the season when he signed a deal for improved money but not greater length after winning the title.”