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Antonio Conte ‘leaving Chelsea at end of season’ as he eyes a return to Serie A

According to reports, the Italian is unhappy with the level of the club's support during the summer

Antonio Conte plans on leaving Chelsea at the end of the season and switching to a Serie A club, according to reports.

The Italian is reportedly unhappy with the level of support afforded at the club during the summer, and is seeking a move to his home country next year.

Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to leave Chelsea at the end of the season

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Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to leave Chelsea at the end of the season

According to the Sunday Times, Conte seriously considered resigning in the summer but was prevented by a severe financial penalty clause in his contract.


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The former Juventus and Italy manager enjoyed a sensational first-season in the Premier League with Chelsea, but recently said on Italian broadcaster Radio 1: “I miss Italy, that’s beyond doubt, so once I have had some important and life-changing experiences, I will be back.”

Diego Costa has been a thorn in Chelsea's side over his move back to Atletico Madrid

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Diego Costa has been a thorn in Chelsea’s side over his move back to Atletico Madrid

Uncertainty over Conte’s future with Chelsea began over the summer with his handling of Diego Costa’s exile and sale back to Atletico Madrid.

The club were seemingly reluctant to openly support him during the fiasco, with the manager’s bust-up with Costa resulting in the player refusing to return to the club.


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The Blues’ summer nightmare also saw them miss out on key transfer target Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, while midfield-favourite Nemanja Matic left the club for Old Trafford.

They eventually signed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco and Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid as replacements, with the latter reportedly far from Conte’s first-choice.

Morata has been in stunning form since his £65m move from Real Madrid

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Morata has been in stunning form since his £65m move from Real Madrid

All-in-all, the season has started slowly for Chelsea, who are already six points adrift from the Manchester clubs.

They lost their crucial title clash against Man City 1-0 on Saturday, with former player Kevin de Bruyne scoring a magnificent winning goal.