There has been a lot of speculation regarding how Antonio Conte was still linked to Chelsea following his dismissal in the summer, and now we have an answer via his brother, who also happens to be his agent.
Linked with a move to Real Madrid and Milan to potentially replace Julien Lopetegui or Gennaro Gattuso respectively, the Italian manager was said to still be under contract at Stamford Bridge, receiving his paycheque until the deal ran its course.
However, on Friday, Sportmediaset claimed that wasn’t the case any longer, stating Conte was ‘free’ from Chelsea and would be allowed to sign for any club.
Sky Sports News in England, down their end, refuted this, stating that while he was free to sign for clubs abroad, his contract, still binding, prohibited from managing elsewhere in England.
Well, according to his brother, who was speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, that isn’t the case, and, furthermore, he hasn’t spoken to anyone.
He said: “There have been no contacts with either Real Madrid or Milan. Antonio is currently on holiday in Egypt and I have not received important calls. I would like to clarify, in this regard, that I am his only representative. Likewise, I would like to point out that my brother no longer has any ties with Chelsea after his firing in July. Now, we await the result of the case: the lawyers are at work”.
There were reports soon after his dismissal that Conte would be suing Chelsea for delaying his sacking, as they tried to sort out Maurizio Sarri’s exit from Napoli.