Fear grips Chelsea as Antonio Conte delays signing new contract

Antonio Conte

Chelsea hierarchy are presently not at ease over Antonio Conte’s future at the Stamford Bridge as the Italian has delayed the signing of his contract.

The Chelsea boss was expected to sign new terms after winning the Premier League.

But he is yet to put pen to paper. One obstacle has been whether he gets a new four-year deal — worth £9.6million per year – or a shorter contract, reports The Sun.

Conte’s stock is high after he stormed to the title in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

However, there are fears he is becoming increasingly unhappy.

The Italian is believed to be frustrated with the Blues’ summer transfer business.

Chelsea did get Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, back-up keeper Willy Caballero and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who arrived for £40m yesterday.

But Conte lost out to rivals Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku and the Blues are still looking to bolster their attack.

Antonio ConteAnother of Conte’s targets, classy Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, yesterday made a shock £37m switch to AC Milan.

And there were reports Chelsea’s final £61m bid for full-back Alex Sandro was rejected by Juve.

Inter Milan were linked with boss Conte before appointing Luciano Spalletti this summer — with Italian media outlets reporting unrest behind the scenes at Chelsea.

Conte, 46, has returned to the pre-season tour but there has been no breakthrough on the new deal, which was expected to be agreed by now.

He is then off to the Far East this week for matches with Arsenal in Beijing and Bayern Munich in Singapore.

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