Juventus boss Allegri 'agrees to take over at Chelsea'

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"He knows well my admiration for him and this was a good chance to say hello to him".

July 2017: After guiding Chelsea to the league title, Conte said: "Two years ago Chelsea finished 10th".

"He consulted other doctors, other opinions and we all make the decision to stop, (get) treatment and when (he's) feeling really good come back to the work and the date for him to be back to training with the team was around end of January, beginning of February, so let's hope his feelings are better and we have him with us as soon as possible".

Conte's position has been the subject of speculation over a rumoured frustration regarding transfers.

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte could yet again be on another collision course, except this time it isn't down to a war of words.

"I think a lot of our players were tired". That was a 2-0 defeat in September 2000 (W16, D9, L1).

"We suffered a lot". But I'm not worried.

Having grown used to big-name managers coming and going in the era of owner Roman Abramovich, they hardly seemed heartbroken at the possibility of another change on the bench.

The former Italy boss has been linked with a move Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and AC Milan in recent months. Their past two matches against Norwich City and Arsenal ended 0-0, while club-record signing Alvaro Morata has scored just three goals in 13 appearances since November.

When Jamie Vardy fired narrowly wide from a tight angle moments later, Conte wore a thunderous expression on the touchline.

Mourinho got under Conte's skin when he made a remark about his rivals bemoaning their lengthy injury lists.

But misplaced passes and lapses of concentration littered Chelsea's play.

"Everything is possible", the 48-year-old told a news conference ahead of Saturday's match against Leicester City.

Vieri sympathized with the Barca coach, saying the Spaniard can't be expected to call up La Masia players to the first-team unless they're up to the challenge. It was already like that last season, especially at Old Trafford.

With the heavily sceptical future of current manager Antonio Conte, the London side has begun the process of finding a suitable replacement, with former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique leading the list.

With no other out-and-out strikers available to him, Conte has occasionally utilised Eden Hazard as a centre-forward this season, even though the Belgian is more suited to a deeper role.

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