As the dust settles on a poor Chelsea campaign, one thing seems almost as certain as the club not playing Champions League football – and that would be that Antonio Conte will not be at the club beyond the summer.
The Italian manager’s future has been unclear for a number of months now, with an untold amount of high-profile men being linked with the role; however, he has remained defiant that he will remain at Stamford Bridge.
Conte has been rather successful during his tenure in west London, despite the abysmal season his side have just taken part in, having won the Premier League in his first year, as well as reaching the FA Cup final, before lifting it on Saturday evening.
Olivier Giroud would be upset
One player the Italian brought in this winter to turn things around was Olivier Giroud, who has hit the ground running since his switch from Arsenal, scoring five goals. The Frenchman has admitted it would be disappointing and sad to see his manager leave.
The 31-year-old has admitted he will be turning his focus onto this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia and then will then think about what the future for the Blues holds, stating that he wants to win more trophies with the club.
“It will be sad if the manager will leave,” he told Sky Sports.
“We need to move on – I have got a World Cup and then I will think about next year. I want to win some more trophies with Chelsea.”
Giroud has been fairly successful when it comes to Wembley showdowns and the FA Cup, having lifted it four times in the last five years, but will be hoping for Premier League and European honours in the coming seasons.
He could also be lifting the biggest prize in football in the middle of July, as France are thought to be one of the early favourites for the World Cup this summer.