EPL: Conte speaks on potential replacement, Luis Enrique


His current deal with the current Premier League Champions run until 2021, and although the Italian refused to sign an extension last summer, he was rewarded with improved terms, so it would cost The Blues a whopping £26.7 million to get rid of their under fire coach. If I have a player who is eight, I take him to a 10.

"I'm this type of coach".

"My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect", Conte said. This is my task. For this, I'm very good. In this aspect I can improve a lot. But, I repeat, I'm not jealous or envious of other managers.

We played against each other and he's a really good person.

Conte's comments could be alluding to the Manchester clubs, whose managers have convinced their teams to outspend Chelsea considerably this season.

When Conte speaks of learning from other managers, he has Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the forefront of his mind.

But Conte ended up with Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri and has been keen to stress that he has no influence over Chelsea's transfer decisions.

The 48-year-old's future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months.

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That occurred when Conte was at Juventus and while Enrique - who is now on a break from management after leaving Barcelona - was in charge of their Serie A rivals Roma. Enrique has already agreed to take the job, according to reports in Spain, although this is denied by Chelsea.

I have spoken with him, " said Conte. When I was the coach of Juventus, he was Roma's coach.

"Yes, yes. I knew him".

"I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and, sometimes, he is a fantastic coach".

Enrique's first foray into management was within the Barcelona reserve setup, managing the club's B side for three years before entering first-team football management with AS Roma in 2011.

"I think my players are getting used to these rumours, to this speculation, but for sure I am very happy with the commitment of my players, the behaviour of my players because they show me every day they want to overcome this situation", he added.

'It is the same for me.