Carragher: 'Conte to quit Chelsea after Matic joined Man United'

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

Former Liverpool defender turned football pundit Jamie Carragher has said that he doubts that Antonio Conte will still be Chelsea manager this time next year.

The former England global highlights Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United as a key factor with the Italian manager reportedly having grown frustrated with his club's performance in this summer's transfer market.

That's a view shared by Carragher who, on Sky Sports' new show The Debate, said that he feels that this sense of frustration combined with Chelsea's general apathy towards their own managers could see the Italian walk away before the beginning of next season.

"I think he's the type of manager who won't accept the involvement from people above", he was quoted as saying in The Sun.

"Then come the summer, Costa comes out with the texts Conte sent him basically saying he can leave, and I think that was always going to cause problems".

"The Matic deal is a flawless example", Carragher said on Sky Sports" "The Debate' on Monday.

Chelsea, since being bought by Roman Abramovich in 2003, have been ruthless with their firing of managers - namely the double sacking of Jose Mourinho, and Claudio Ranieri and Carlo Ancelotti getting the boot after less than two years.

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"That has been their business model going forward".

"The success they've in changing manager means they're not going to take anything like that off Conte".

Though the west London club have spent nearly £130m bringing in Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata, their arrivals have coincided with the departure of some 17 players, including Nemanja Matic who joined arch rivals Manchester United in a £40m deal.

The Italian must wait to find out if Aurier wins his appeal against a conviction for assaulting a police officer a year ago and is thus allowed entry to Britain after being forced to miss a Champions League game at Arsenal last October when border control authorities revoked his visa. It's a bit like Real Madrid where they don't value the manager like other clubs do.

And Conte wants more signings after 17 players left the club sine the end of last season.

"They've had a lot of distractions and I think they could have moved on from all of this if they signed an adequate replacement".

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