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Jamie Carragher delivers shock verdict on Antonio Conte future at Chelsea

Jamie Carragher delivers shock verdict on Antonio Conte future at Chelsea

"I'd be very surprised if I'm sitting here in 12 months' time and he's the Chelsea manager", he said during a television interview with Sky Sports.

Carragher believes Conte won't be happy about the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United either, with the former Juventus boss recently hinting it wasn't his decision to let the Serbian join a rival.

The Italian had a stellar first season at Stamford Bridge by guiding the team to the Premier League title, but this summer has not gone to plan.

I would be very surprised if he's here in 12 months'.

"Then come the summer, Costa comes out with the texts Conte sent him basically saying he can leave, and I think that was always going to cause problems".

'The Matic deal is a ideal example.

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Chelsea, since being bought by Roman Abramovich in 2003, have been ruthless with their firing of managers - namely the double sacking of Jose Mourinho, and Claudio Ranieri and Carlo Ancelotti getting the boot after less than two years.

"The success they've had in changing manager means they're not going to take anything like that off Conte".

Above all, the former Champions League victor believes that the current Blues manager has been ignored during the summer transfer window and will not put up with the board calling the shots over who the club should or should not bring into the team for much longer. Now, considering all the problems they've had with bringing players in, with players leaving and the Costa thing still hanging over the club - he would be an enormous loss and one that would cause a lot of problems for them when the season starts. They are bit like Real Madrid in this sense - they don't value the manager like other clubs, ' he continued.

The champions have recruited Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, but they missed out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Danilo, who chose Manchester City.

"They have a model where they have a big say over how that club is run; the owner, [technical director] Michael Emenalo and people involved there".

And Conte wants more signings after 17 players left the club sine the end of last season.