All should be well at Chelsea after another impressive title win, but if reports are to be believed, Antonio Conte is far from content.
Respected journalist Duncan Castles – who is usually well-connected regarding sources at Premier League clubs – has claimed in the Daily Record that the Blues boss is ready to walk away if the club don’t meet his demands.
The Italian has previous when it comes to suddenly quitting; he left Juventus three years ago because the board wouldn’t bring in the reinforcements he wanted, and similarly, that was after the Bianconeri had become champions.
It appears a similar situation is just one of the reasons he is feuding with Chelsea. There are a number of issues at stake, including that Conte wants more communication with Roman Abramovich and a more lucrative contract for himself.
Power is also a bone of contention. Understandably, Conte has said he wants control over who comes in to replace coach Steve Holland, while he is equally insistent that he should be the one who has control over Academy players.
Conte believes all this is necessary to improve working conditions, with a view to winning the Champions League. The 47-year-old will not sit back if Chelsea fail to spend big this summer.
However, this isn’t an entirely one-sided matter. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the club were irked by Conte’s infamous text to Diego Costa telling the striker he wasn’t part of his plans next season.
It all points to an unhappy camp at Stamford Bridge.