Lampard hails 'fantastic' Conte but admits change may be needed at Chelsea

Annette Crawford
May 18, 2018

One thing that could go against him could be his lack of trophies or the fact that he has not lifted one yet since being a manager.

The transfer window closes before the start of next season, meaning there is less time for clubs to do their business than usual.

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri looked to be the front-runner in landing the job at Stamford Bridge but Pochettino himself cast doubts over his future in North London next season following a 5-4 win over Leicester City on Sunday. Chelsea have a number of young talents on loan across Europe and it would be fair to assume that nearly all of them do not have a future in the senior side. The Belgian has only one year left on his contract with a new and improved deal yet to be offered by the Board.

Courtois is reportedly admired by Real Madrid.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is Chelsea's top target, but the likelihood of the Argentine joining seems remote.

Babayaro, who played for the Blues between 1997 until 2005, thinks Conte was naïve to expect he could take on Roman Abramovich and win, especially considering how Chelsea operate when it comes to managers.

"You're moaning left, right and centre and Chelsea as I know it if you get in a fight with the hierarchy at Chelsea, there is only going to be one victor and that is Abramovich".

Ex-Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge believes that the lack of leadership in the Chelsea squad has led to a awful season this campaign. The duo has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, as per the reports of Team Talk.

"So you should get on with it, after all, you won the Premier League with the players you inherited, so what's the problem in second year?"

"This year has been seen as disappointing, but what he did last year was an absolutely incredible achievement".

Sportsmail understands the players Chelsea are in discussions over include Nice's box-to-box midfieder Jean Michael Seri, who is also interesting Arsenal, and Manchester United's unsettled French winger Anthony Martial.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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