antonio conte

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was reportedly the favorite to replace the recently sacked Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid and this would have terminated any settlement terms he currently has with Chelsea.

However, this was not the case as Antonio Conte reportedly rejected Real Madrid’s approach resulting in the confirmation of Santiago Solari as interim manager.

Rumors were rife that Antonio Conte was the man but his decision to reject Madrid’s approach will definitely cost Chelsea.

The Blues could be set to lose more than £7 million as the Italian continues to seek for damages after he was sacked in the summer.

The terms of his contract at Chelsea which was signed in July 2017 ensured that Conte was entitled to a yearly salary of £9.5 million until he takes another job.

Therefore, it would have been beneficial to Chelsea if he had landed the Real Madrid job.

Meanwhile, some reports still suggest that Conte might still land the Madrid job but the Times have claimed that Conte’s combustible character scuppered the deal.

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Others claim it was due to a lack of support form the key figures at Madrid.