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Sunday, March 25, 2018

'Conte facing summer conundrum '


Chelsea and Antonio Conte are in limbo regarding the manager's future at Stamford Bridge, says Sunday Supplement panel.

Having won the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea, Conte's side now find themselves fifth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with eight games to go, while Chelsea also exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage to Barcelona.

 Though an FA Cup semi-final against Southampton awaits, Conte's future remains unclear, and a strained relationship with the board this season has seen the 48-year-old linked with a move away from Chelsea.

 In light of the Guardian's report that Paris Saint-Germain have held talks with Conte's representatives regarding a summer move, The Times' columnist Gabriele Marcotti admitted a departure from Stamford Bridge looks likely, though he believes neither party is willing to blink first.

"I think as everybody knows, he's got another year left on his contract," Marcotti told the Sunday Supplement. "I don't think he wants to resign, but I don't think he necessarily wants to stay either, and I don't think the club wants him to stay either, but they don't want to sack him.

Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League table, 25 points behind leaders Manchester City Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League table, 25 points behind leaders Manchester City "Once that whole thing gets cleared up, he's going to need a home, a place to go.

Given the type of guy he is, he wants another top club, and in that sense Paris Saint-Germain would make sense if Unai Emery goes - which we sort of expect will happen.

"There's a huge question mark, which I know everybody giggles and laughs at, and which is very boring so I won't get into it too much, but this Financial Fair Play issue with PSG is not resolved. "They [UEFA] have made it pretty clear they're going to give the thumbs up or thumbs down in the summer.

[UEFA president Aleksander] Ceferin has said, 'I will apply the rules, otherwise vote me out in 2019' - we'll see if they call his bluff. "I think that's going to have a huge impact on who PSG get next."

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