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Speculation over Conte’s future continues

Speculation continues over the future of Antonio Conte amid reports the Chelsea boss is close to being sacked.

The Daily Telegraph say former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who has been touted as the favourite to replace Conte, is preparing to move to England as he wants to work in the Premier League.

It comes after reports in Spain claimed Enrique has verbally agreed to take over at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea insist no discussions have taken place.

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The Telegraph believe coach Robert Moreno, fitness coach Rafel Pol and psychologist Joaquín Valdes, who worked under him at Barca, would join him at Chelsea.

The Telegraph also suggest Enrique could yet end up at Arsenal if Gunners manager Arsene Wenger leaves this summer and that former Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink could be asked to return until the end of the season if Conte goes before then.

The Daily Mail run a similar story, reporting that Enrique is Chelsea’s first choice for the job but that he does not want to end his year-long sabbatical prematurely.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express say Conte has not been sacked because Chelsea are struggling to find a suitable interim replacement ahead of a new manager being appointed in the summer.

The Daily Star claim Chelsea insiders believe Conte is trying to manufacture his own sacking, attempting to force the club’s hand with comments about transfer policy.

And The Sun say Conte will be kept on for now but will be sacked if Chelsea drop out of the top four.