Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Inter Milan are prepared to offer Antonio Conte a £42 million contract to join the Italian club this summer, equating to £160,000 per week over five years, as they attempt to lure him away from Stamford Bridge and back to Serie A.
Conte has denied claims that he will leave Chelsea after just one season but Inter’s new Chinese owners are determined to get one of their top targets with Conte and Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone considered the priorities to replace Stefano Pioli in the San Siro dugout.
In another massive blow for the club ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Saturday, the Mirror report that Thibaut Courtois is unlikely to recover from an ankle injury which kept him sidelined for the visit to face Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
The Belgian could make a quick return after this weekend but it’s thought that this game may come just a few days too soon, and with Asmir Begovic on standby it is unlikely that the first choice goalkeeper will be rushed back unnecessarily.
The Blues will have captain John Terry available though despite the announcement that he will leave the club at the end of the season. Terry has released an emotional letter, which he posted on Instagram, with an excerpt of what he said including:
“It’s with overwhelming emotion that earlier this week the club and I announced this will be my last season as a Chelsea player. This has been the toughest decision of my life for me and my family?, but I always envisaged leaving on the right terms, in the right way and at the right time – and that is now.
“I feel I still have regular football in me but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited, it is therefore time for a new challenge…
“For 22 years this club has been my life, it has given me the platform to compete against the best, break record after record, win trophy after trophy, and as we won more it only increased my desire to work harder and demand more from myself and the team.”
19 years after making his debut for the club, it will be strange for many fans to see him elsewhere next season but it seems that the move is best for all parties.
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