It is a case of no-win situation for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, as the Italian has been unable to convince his former boss to rejoin him.
The Blues have only made a bid of around €20m to replace the departing Conte as they look to build on the success they enjoyed last season.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, but Conte has rejected the offer.
Conte: ‘The Premier League is a difficult league’ article It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Conte after the departure of Diego Costa to Real Madrid, with Conte being unable to agree a contract extension with the Italian club.
It’s a very difficult league. “
The Premier the league is a tough league, a very tough league.
I didn’t come here with a view of staying for a long time. “
When I came to Chelsea, I had a lot of doubts, I think that I’m the only one who said: ‘Don’t go there’.”
I didn’t come here with a view of staying for a long time.
I came here with an objective: to win the league.
We’ll see how the season goes.”
Conte also revealed that he will be making a “strong case” to leave the club.
“I have an idea to make a strong case to leave, I hope I will be able to convince some people,” Conte said.
“I’m not a fan of the idea of staying, I don’t think that the club has the funds to stay in this situation, I am a Chelsea fan, I want to stay, but this is a very complicated situation and we’ll see.”
“This is a club with great history, it has won many trophies, but I have to be honest, I have no money.”
My wife and I, we don’t have enough money to be able make a contract, I can’t give my word.
“You have to give your word to your coach, you have to do that.”
It is a shame, it is a sad situation.
“Contes first game back in charge will be the home match against Stoke City on Saturday, but the Blues boss has admitted that his team is not yet ready to take on a top opponent.”
There is nothing to compare this to. “
We know what we are doing, but there is still a long way to go.”
There is nothing to compare this to.
I have a lot to show in the first week.
“This season is different.
We have won the Champions League, the Europa League, and I think we are very good at home, we have a good squad, I know that.”