Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reportedly met with the club owner Roman Abramovich over several issues.
The unsettled manager had asked to have a tete-a-tete with the Russian billionaire and he finally got his request.
The squad had failed to match expectations the previous season but the tactical switch Conte implemented saw the team drive all the way to the finish line, lifting the Premier League for the second time in three years and in the Italian’s debut term. Conte is faced with managerial options back in Italy or with replicating the results in his second term, while leading the team to Europe – where his personal coaching record is not as impressive.
Conte had concerns about his new contract, the club’s transfer policies and some other issues that needed him to thrash out with the ownerwho is active in the club’s affairs.
The former Juventus and Italy national team boss is expected to add more players following the exit of BranislavIvanovic, John Terry and recently Diego Costa. The Blues have been linked with Alex Sandro while the deal for TiemoueBakayoko is reportedly almost done.
The coach has been in contact with technical director of the club Michael Emenalo and Abramovich’s trusted associate Maria Granovskaia, even when on holiday.
Conte is expected to get £200 million war chest to reinforce the team as he pleases. The signings are reported to all be unveiled on the same day in the club’s new kits in the presence of the club’s sponsors.