Antonio Conte accuses Chelsea board of lacking ‘ambition’ in transfer market

Antonio Conte rips into 'unambitious' Chelsea board ahead of Man City clash
Antonio Conte slammed Chelsea’s board (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte has launched a fresh attack on Chelsea’s board ahead of the side’s clash with Manchester City.

The Italian has publicly criticised the club for failing to bring in his targets already this season and it’s growing increasingly likely that he will leave his post at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chelsea completed the signings of Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri in January but Conte has accused the board of lacking ‘ambition’ in the transfer market.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s match at the Etihad, Conte said: ‘I don’t know if my ambition is shared by the club.

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‘It’s very important to have coach and club with the same ambition: to improve the team, the quality of the players.

‘If you have this situation, you can win the League, the FA Cup, the Champions League.

Y’ou start the season trying to do your best. I think we are doing our best. We are trying to do everything for this club. We are continuing to do this.

‘But this league is very tough and will be very tough especially in the future, because there are a lot of teams improving in a fantastic way. We have to know this and accept this and find a new solution for the future.’

Antonio Conte rips into 'unambitious' Chelsea board ahead of Man City clash
Antonio Conte is ready to leave Chelsea in the summer (Picture: Getty)

Conte insisted that Chelsea hired a ‘winner’ when they appointed him ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

‘I have great ambition but I don’t have money to spend for Chelsea,’ he added.

‘The club knows what my ambitions are.

‘When you decide to work with this type of coach, you take on a coach with great ambition. Not a loser – a winner.’

Antonio Conte rips into 'unambitious' Chelsea board ahead of Man City clash
Pep Guardiola’s side host Chelsea at the Etihad (Picture: Getty)

The former Juventus boss heaped praise on Pep Guardiola despite the Catalan having access to more funds at City.

‘I have great admiration for Pep. Pep showed himself to be a great coach,’ he said.

‘I think that, now, it will be very difficult for other teams to fight Manchester City. When you have a great coach and the possibility to spend a lot of money and keep happy your coach and your staff, it’s difficult for the others.

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‘Very difficult. This is not the first time I’m telling this. This is a great danger for the panoramic of the other teams. For a long time. The situation is going to improve. Not to stop, but to improve for them.

“I think that last season we did a fantastic job. We were a great surprise for the league, but also for our competitors.

‘Our competitors didn’t rate Chelsea in this way to fight for the title, to win the title. But then, when you start, you have to continue to build something important with the coach.’

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