Antonio Conte: The Italian is already looking ahead to next year’s campaign
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Antonio Conte has sensationally blocked Chelsea’s move to sign Barcelona and Brazil superstar Neymar, according to reports.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims Blues owner Roman Abramovich had even agreed a £155.5million fee with the Catalan giants to sensationally bring the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Conte looks set to win the Premier League title in his first season at the club and he is already planning for the next campaign and their likely return to the Champions League.
Conte, 47, feels Neymar would not suit his style of play and, despite being keen to bolster his squad, he first wants to reduce numbers before making additions.
Brazil forward Neymar has, by his usually high standards, had a quiet season in front of goal.
In the last two seasons, he has scored 70 goals in total but this term he has only netted on 14 occasions [in 35 appearances], assisting 23 in the Blaugrana’s dangerous front three with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Abramovich had reportedly come to an agreement with the Barca hierarchy, but he is unlikely to overrule Conte. The Italian has been interesting Serie A giants Inter Milan and the Chelsea owner will be determined to keep hold of his manager after such a successful season, where the Blues have excelled in a 3-4-3 formation, and he will be keen to back him in the summer.