Conte "can't wait to leave Chelsea" as Max Allegri "tells Abramovich he is ready to take over"

Former Chelsea manager, Gianluca Vialli, has claimed that “Antonio Conte cannot wait to leave Chelsea”, according to this morning’s Evening Standard. And, in surprising reports breaking from Italy, Juventus manager Max Allegri has informed Roman Abramovich that “he is ready to take over”.

Antonio Conte is claiming that his frustration at the club’s transfer policy is what is leading him to want to depart, although he will wait to be sacked rather than quit and miss out on compensation.

Chelsea have managed only five wins in 19 games in 2018, culminating in their first loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge since Gary Lineker scored past Dave Beasant in February 1990. This run of form has seen the club lose their top four spot and Champions League qualification looks near on impossible with so few games remaining. Chelsea now sit 8 points behind Tottenham.

Many big-name coaches have been linked as Conte’s replacement – including former boss Carlo Ancelotti and the former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.

However, the Sun are reporting that the next Chelsea manager will be another Italian: Max Allegri of Juventus. Allegri, who has been learning English over the last couple of years, is a long-term fan of the Premier League and is interested in testing himself in another country, especially against the contrasting styles of peers like Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp.

In his three complete seasons at Juventus, Allegri has won Serie A each time and is looking good to make that four from four this season, despite a concerted effort from Napoli to break the run.

Vialli was speaking to Sky Italia when he claimed Conte “can’t wait to leave”.

“He can’t stand that they sell or buy players without consulting him. The truth is, Chelsea would like a manager who is more of a club man.

Whether it’s the Nazionale (national team) or Paris Saint-Germain, he’ll find a place where he can start winning something important again. There will be a queue of contracts for him to sign.”

It was widely reported last week that Paris Saint-Germain had made contact with Conte’s representatives and are negotiating a £10m a year deal. Equally, Italy are still looking for a national team coach to rebuild the Azzurri pride following their failure to qualify for the World Cup being held in Russia this summer.

With Conte likely to be leaving a side in the Europa League, whoever comes in at Stamford Bridge will also have their own rebuilding task ready and waiting.