Claudio Ranieri Questions Talk Of Antonio Conte Exit

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

Claudio Ranieri has discussed Antonio Conte's future as manager of Chelsea.

The Premier League champions spent around £200m this summer on the likes of Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko but recouped nearly £150m through the sales of stars like Nathan Ake, Nemanja Matic and eventually Diego Costa.

But former Leicester manager Ranieri has dismissed the exit talk, instead insisting his compatriot is frustrated at his squad size.

It has been suggested that a departure from Stamford Bridge could be made as early as 2018, with Conte being linked with several Serie A posts and a possible return to the helm of the Italian national side.

But Ranieri, who was sacked by Roman Abramovich in 2004, said: "The Premier League remains the best and I am not convinced of Conte's desire to return home".

"Maybe he expected a different transfer window, but Abramovich has not spent insane for some years". Fourteen years on, the Russian has created a sustainable business model that brings in as much as it shells out and Ranieri believes his former boss is no longer willing to splurge his own money and blow other clubs out of the water.

"Manchester City and United have made big purchases, so I can imagine that for Antonio fighting multiple fronts with the same players more tiring".

He added when pressed for his opinion on Ancelotti's dismissal: "Welcome to the club!"

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