Antonio Conte has announced plans to wait until the end of the season before taking another job in football – a decision that is set to cost his former club Chelsea £11 million.
The Italian was heavily linked with the vacant Real Madrid job, but he was reportedly not offered the job because of a dressing-room rebellion, led by club captain Sergio Ramos. Instead Santiago Solari was installed, initially on an interim basis, but now has been offered the job until the end of next season.
Now the 49-year old Italian is prepared to bide his time before taking-up his next role which, as The Daily Mirror reports, means that Chelsea will have to pay him his full salary – £11.3 million – for the remaining year on his contract at Stamford Bridge. That is irrespective of the compensation that Conte is demanding separately for what he regards as unfair dismissal from his job as Chelsea manager in the summer.
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