Antonio Conte has fired yet another stunning blast at Chelsea’s board to provide yet another clear indication he is heading for the Stamford Bridge exit.
The Italian has been publicly critical of the club’s transfer policy at various points this season amid rising tensions between Conte and his bosses.
The club have failed to deliver a number of Conte’s top targets, including Alex Sandro and Leonardo Bonucci.
And Conte, at least privately, believes the signings the club have actually made are inferior to the ones he wanted.
The rift between Conte and the board is a key reason behind the Italian’s probable exit from Chelsea this summer.
And the relationship between manager and board hit new depths on Friday after Conte’s latest pop.
When asked whether or not qualifying for next season’s Champions League will have an impact on the quality of player Chelsea will be able to attract this summer, Conte replied: ‘If you remember last season, we won the title. And then… I repeat, last season we won the title and you saw our transfer market.
‘I think this is not the most important thing if you stay in the Champions League.’ However, finishing in a top-four position will certainly have a impact on the futures of star duo Eden Hazard and Thibault Courtois, who are likely to seek moves away if Chelsea aren’t playing in the Champions League next season.
Conte, whose side face Leicester in an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, added: ‘Don’t forget that two years ago Chelsea finished 10th, with many players of this season.
‘And they decided to continue to play for this club, two years ago. Will they look to leave now? I don’t know. I think this is not a question for me. This is a question for the players. Not for me.’