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Conte wanted OUT of Chelsea over summer, but clause blocked exit

Conte wanted OUT of Chelsea over summer, but clause blocked exit”

But that's what he managed.

And to Chelsea's dissatisfaction, he only increased the financial value of his deal rather than agree to an extension of his contract which is set to expire in 2019.

Conte gave an interview to Italian state broadcaster Radio 1 last week, in which he claimed there was "not a doubt in my mind that I will be home before long".

The Sunday Times says the 48-year-old wanted to leave in the summer after falling out with the board but sources close to Conte have signalled his interest in moving on at the end of the campaign. He is still keen on a move away from the Bridge, with Inter Milan said to be interested.

Conte is believed to have become disillusioned by Chelsea's transfer activity in the summer, as well as the promotion of youth players and the inaccessibility of Roman Abramovich.

And he quickly grew exhausted of his level of access to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and senior executive Marina Granovskaia.

The ex-Juventus boss grew disgruntled at the poor support being afforded to him, and actually intended on resigning this summer itself, despite just coming off the back of an incredible first season at Stamford Bridge, where he led his team to the Premier League title by a landslide.

However, the multi-million pound "claw-back" clause, also included in the contract of his predecessor Jose Mourinho, has left Conte with little option but to stay.

Ancelotti was previously in charge of the Blues between 2009 and 2011.



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