Roman Abramovich wants Mauricio Pochettino to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Antonio Conte, Manager of Chlsea shake hands prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Roman Abramovich wants Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager, according to reports. Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain and beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday may not be enough to spare him from being sacked. Conte has followed up his title-winning season with a dismal second campaign in which Chelsea finished outside of the Champions League places.

The Italian has also fallen out with Chelsea’s hierarchy on several occasions over the club’s transfer policy, as well as the handling of players within the squad.

According to The Sun, Abramovich has already identified Pochettino as Conte’s successor and the Spurs manager is aware of the interest.

Pochettino is also set for talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over the club’s direction this summer. The Tottenham manager is understood to be willing to offload Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld and wants to improve his squad with a £150 million transfer budget. Pochettino also wants his key players, namely Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, to be offered new contracts.

Conte, meanwhile, publicly insisted after Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the final day of the Premier League season that he is ready to honour his contract, which still has a year left to run.

‘For me, this is important, not speculation around me. It’s not important. The most important thing is what the club thinks, not you or the speculation about me,’ he said. ‘I have a contract and the club know very well the situation. After Saturday, we go on vacation and then we will see next season.’

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