Antonio Conte upset by the pathetic bid Chelsea made for Fernando Llorente

If rumours are to be believed, Antonio Conte will not leave a long-standing legacy at Chelsea.

The Blues boss may have won the Premier League title during his first season in charge last campaign, but there remain tensions slowly bubbling away underneath at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea managers aren’t renowned for having a long lifespan in west London, largely down to trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich.

However, on this occasion, it appears most likely that Conte could bring down the curtain on his career as Chelsea boss.

A number of factors have lead murmurs that the former Juventus boss could quit the club sooner rather than later.

The club’s frustrating summer transfer window, coupled with the disconnect between Conte and the club’s chiefs and opposing views on the club’s academy players, have caused for disharmony to mount.

Conte’s new deal in the summer did boost him financially, however, he did not agree a deal which extended his stay at Stamford Bridge.

Failed Llorente transfer upset Conte

And, according to The Times, one of his big frustrations surrounded Fernando Llorente’s move to Tottenham on deadline day.

The Chelsea boss and Llorente previously worked together during the Spaniard’s spell at Juventus, but the Italian’s interest in the 32-year-old never saw a move to the Bridge come to fruition.

Instead, the striker made a switch to the club’s bitter rivals, Spurs, for a fee of £11.5 million.

Conte was left irritated seeing Tottenham claim their attacking target after the Blues offered Swansea as little as £5 million for the striker.

With a minimal resale value, given Llorente’s age, and Chelsea’s concerns over his lack of ‘mobility’, the club were clearly unconvinced by Conte’s interest in the then Swansea man.

Italian seriously lacking firepower

However, understandably, Conte has been left in a vulnerable position with Diego Costa having returned to Atletico Madrid and Alvaro Morata’s injury leaving Michy Batshuayi as Chelsea’s only fit senior striker.

The Belgian has made just one start in four Premier League appearances for the Blues this season and has yet to score, while Morata is suffering from a hamstring injury suffered in defeat at home to Manchester City last weekend.

But it is believed the Spain striker, who has scored six goals in as many league appearances, could return far earlier than the six-week injury lay-off which was first initially suggested.

Nonetheless, regardless of Morata’s bad luck with injury, Conte, rightfully, remains displeased with the club’s failure to bring in another striker in the summer – considering they were aware Costa’s career at Chelsea was over.

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