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Report: Antonio Conte taking Chelsea to court

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Sky Sports are reporting that Antonio Conte is taking Chelsea to court over the rest of his salary.

The Italian coach left Chelsea in July after leading them to the Premier League title and FA Cup in his two seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Per the report, Conte has refused to sit down and talk with Chelsea and he believes he should be paid what he is contractually owed. Other reports suggest Conte is asking Chelsea for $26.3 million, which includes his yearly salary of $14.8 million, plus damages of over $11.5 million.

His lawyers are working on two cases, one with an employment tribunal and the other with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Conte had one-year remaining on the deal he signed in the summer of 2017 after leading Chelsea to the PL title in his first season in England.

However, things turned sour quickly in his second season in charge and although the Blues won the FA Cup and rallied to finish fifth in the table, he was was replaced by Maurizio Sarri this summer.

It is believed the former Juventus and Italy manager turned down the chance to manage Real Madrid over the past week, with Conte’s representatives now focused on taking the Premier League club to court.

Various reports revealed some of the reasons Chelsea will use to defend not paying Conte his full salary include his spat with Diego Costa, Conte’s failure to turn up to sponsorship events and that he parked in the wrong spot at their training ground among others.

Chelsea wanted an out-of-court settlement between themselves and Conte but he has refused to turn up for talks.

Maybe that is because he’s concerned about where to park his car and whether or not that will be held against him…

Reports: Martinez the new front runner for Real Madrid job

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Florentino Perez likes to make a splash, but appears to be taking a measured approach when it comes to appointing the next big name to run Real Madrid.

Former Champions League winner Santiago Solari is currently running things for Perez, as Real looks to steady its ship following the firing of Julen Lopetegui.

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But a new name has emerged in multiple reports, and like Antonio Conte it was also be familiar to Premier League fans.

Claims that the Real Madrid room isn’t too keen on Conte, have been followed up by some clued-in folks saying Belgium boss and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez could be the free-flowing man to get Real out of ninth place in La Liga.

With Real continuing to chase the signature of Eden Hazard, hiring his Belgium boss could help sway the Chelsea man the way of the Bernabeu. And considering how things ended with Conte, the Italian’s hiring would have the opposite effect.

Real Madrid officially fires Julen Lopetegui

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Real Madrid chief executive Florentino Perez is not known for his patience with those who struggle at the helm of his club. He tried to hold out as long as he could as Julen Lopetegui looked for a way through the recent darkness, but a dismantling at the hands of a bitter rival forced his hand.

Following a 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico over the weekend, Real Madrid finally pulled the trigger and officially sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on Monday after weeks of speculation as the club has fallen further and further into La Liga obscurity. On the heels of three consecutive Champions League titles, Madrid sits in ninth in the La Liga table, with just a single win over its last seven matches across all competitions – a 2-1 victory over Czech club Viktoria Plzen. Madrid suffered through a near-club-record goal drought of over 450 minutes during that span.

The Spanish giants issued a scathing statement to confirm his departure. “The Board of Directors understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid – which has 8 players nominated for the next Golden Ball, something unprecedented in the history of the club – and the results obtained to date.”

Taking over on an interim basis is reserve team manager Santiago Solari. Multiple reports across Europe have claimed that the club is targeting Antonio Conte to take over on a permanent basis, as the former Chelsea man has been without a job since departing the Blues this summer.

Lopetegui’s departure is an expensive one for Madrid. Reports state his contract is worth a whopping $20.5 million, a sum the club will have to pay out to honor his deal.

Report: Conte to take over at Real Madrid

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Antonio Conte must now understand the saying, “good things come to those who wait.”

According to multiple reports in Spain, Real Madrid are expected to strike a deal to hire Conte as its new manager in the wake of Los Blancos’ 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday. Current Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, who only became club manager last June in controversial fashion just days before the start of the 2018 World Cup, is expected to be sacked on Monday, with the club’s current form leaving the team in ninth place in La Liga.

The reports state that Conte could be announced as the new manager on Monday and presented Tuesday. Former Real Madrid star Santiago Solari, now the coach of the B team, Real Madrid Castilla, could take charge of the Copa Del Rey match against Melilla on Wednesday on an interim basis.

Interestingly, the decision to reportedly hire Conte came after talks were “paralyzed” due to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s hope and wish to bring back Jose Mourinho. It appears that one way or another, Perez believes that the team needs an authoritarian in charge to whip the team back into shape, something that Lopetegui was unable to do. Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Everton has certainly prolonged Mourinho’s stay at Old Trafford, leaving Real Madrid with no other option than Conte.

The former Chelsea boss has been a free agent since leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, leaving him available to take over one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Conte, Marotta a good option for Man United?

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As dark clouds continue to hang over Manchester United, a report in Italy suggests that former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta are ready to work together once again.

That’s right, the sound you can hear is a shriek of delighted from United fans everywhere.

With Jose Mourinho guiding United to their worst-ever start to a Premier League season on the pitch, plus Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward lambasted by many for transfer dealings and his managerial appointments since 2013, it appears the Red Devils may need to have a clean sweep at Old Trafford.

Zinedine Zidane has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Mourinho, but that seems a little far-fetched right now.

Per a report from Corriere dello Sport, both Conte and Marotta are ready to work together again and it would make more sense for United to go after them. The duo delivered three-straight Serie A titles at Juve in the past and with Marotta leaving his post at Juventus over the past few days, he and Conte could now head to a club in a package deal.

Manchester United could do a lot worse than signing these two up. Am I right? Yes.

Mourinho is in full self-destruct mode and with Woodward seemingly having plenty to answer for (despite fantastic financial results off the pitch) from a footballing side of things, perhaps he could be switched into a business centric role rather than having any say on managerial appointments and player signings.

We all know Mourinho has been his own worst enemy at United in recent months, but a lot of the issues at the club predated his arrival and Woodward should take plenty of the blame for that.

Marotta’s record at Juve speaks for itself. He oversaw Conte’s appointment of Juve in 2011 and helped him assemble one of the best squads Serie A has seen, as well as doing so with plenty of bargains (Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo costing just $13 million combined) along the way.

Having a manager and CEO who truly trust one another and work together (Conte didn’t have that at Chelsea and it seems that Mourinho doesn’t have that at United) is now vitally important in the modern game.

United could do a lot worse than hire Conte and bring Marotta along with him.