Conte ‘wants greater control at Chelsea’ before penning new deal

Date published: Thursday 16th March 2017 9:17

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will reportedly demand greater control of the club’s transfers if he is to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian is all set for a bumper pay rise this summer but he is said to want more of a say in player comings and goings, which is currently handled by director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Michael Emenalo, according to an exclusive report in The Times.

The Times also adds that Conte his areas of improvement already earmarked and that the former Italian national team boss wants a new right wing-back, centre-back, central midfielder and a striker.

The Blues have signed just four players since Conte’s arrival in west London, while Oscar, Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel all left in the January transfer window.

Conte reportedly complained to the Chelsea board about losing those players and getting back loanees Nathan Ake, Kenedy and Charly Musonda as replacements.

It is believed that the Chelsea chief does not rate the trio as first-team players and is frustrated with the lack of financial backing from the club, something he feels needs to change if the Blues are to compete on several fronts next season.

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