The Blues boss has aired his views publicly about the club’s lack of transfer activity and hinted that Nemanja Matic may have been sold against his wishes.
“I’d be very surprised if I’m sitting here in 12 months’ time and he’s the Chelsea manager”, the retired defender told Sky Sports’ The Debate show.
Conte famously left Juventus as manager in 2014 after winning three successive Serie A titles, citing the club’s failure to back him in the transfer market.
“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”.
“Chelsea have a business model”. They’re a bit like Real Madrid in that I don’t think they value the manager like other clubs do.
He added: “They’re not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can’t really complain”.
“The Matic deal is a ideal example”.
Much like their stance on Ivan Perisic to Manchester United, Inter have fixed a price for the 30-year-old, but fortunately for the Blues, it’s a lot lower than what they’re asking for for the Croatia worldwide.
“They have a model where they have a big say over how that club is run; the owner, [Michael] Emenalo and people involved there”.
“Maybe that is a frustration for Conte”.
“The success they’ve had in changing manager means they’re not going to take anything like that off Conte”.
Despite spending north of £140m this summer on Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, the squad’s size is still of concern, with only 23 players now available following the departure of Nemanja Matic.