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Roman Abramovich 'lining up Antonio Conte replacements'

Roman Abramovich 'lining up Antonio Conte replacements'

The Premier League champions have also encountered problems in talks with the striker.

Chelsea are reported to be closing in on Bosnian ace Dzeko and Brazilian Emerson Palmieri for a combined 50 million euros (62 million dollars).

"I can tell you that I continue to work very hard for this club, for the players, for our fans", Conte replied.

The former Giallorossi believes the club will shift their focus to Schick if Dzeko leaves. As I said before, my task is to try to improve the team. "For sure I'm not a diplomatic man".

That tension has remained and it is said that Conte has again been frustrated by January dealings.

Maurizio Sarri is a front-runner for the job after leading Napoli to the top of Serie A and his current contract has an €8m buy-out clause which can be activated up until May.

The Blues boss' position has been the subject of speculation all season, amid rumours of friction with the Chelsea hierarchy over transfers.

Yet his move to Monaco has left Conte in the lurch with the Italian and Russian transfer guru Marina Granovskaia having not always seen eye to eye.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has revealed three major injury worries ahead the club's clash with Newcastle.

'While Tiémoué Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley were club signings, it was Conte who pushed them to buy Álvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta last summer'. In fact, Chelsea last outspent City in the 2012-13 season, while Manchester United are using their incredible commercial revenue to invest in their playing staff. The club maintain that they work to Conte's recommendations.

On the other hand, Conte will likely leave Chelsea at the end of the season and yesterday's claims about the Blues' transfer strategy confirmed the feeling between Conte and Chelsea's board are not good anymore. But the point that Conte sought to make stood.

But Conte appears to remain unhappy and failed to take an opportunity to pledge himself to Chelsea when questioned about his future earlier this month.

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