Wanted by Inter, Conte wants Chelsea to value his worth
LONDON: Antonio Conte has fired the opening gambit ahead of talks over new a contract, by telling Chelsea: “Pay me what I’m worth”.
The 47-year-old would have seen his team crowned Premier League champions had they beaten West Brom late yesterday.
But the build-up to to yesterday’s encounter had been overshadowed by growing speculation linking Conte with the vacant Inter Milan manager’s job.
The Italian on Thursday insisted it is his intention to remain at Stamford Bridge next season but stopped short of denying growing speculation that Inter want to appoint him as their next boss.
Conte agreed a £6.5 million (RM35.75 million)-per-year deal when he signed a three-year contract with Chelsea last summer — and the Italian has proved value for money with Chelsea on the brink of clinching the Double.
However, he is only the fifth best paid manager in the Premier League behind Pep Guardiola (£15 million), Jose Mourinho (£13.8 million), Arsene Wenger (£8.3 million) and Jurgen Klopp (£7 million).
Conte has enhanced his reputation as one of the world’s leading managers during his first season in England, underlined by Inter’s desperate efforts to make him their new boss after sacking Stefano Pioli this week.
What’s more, the Italian giants would be willing to push Conte’s wage closer to Guardiola and Mourinho if he left Chelsea — with a wage of £12 million on offer if he returns to Serie A this summer.
Furthermore, the Milan club would hand Conte a hefty transfer war chest as they look to entice him into leaving west London.
All that leaves the former Juventus manager in a strong position going into summer talks over a contract extension.
Conte insists money will not be the defining factor when it comes to deciding his future this summer.
However, he has challenged Chelsea to show him how much they value his work when talks get underway.
“When you stay at this level, the money explains to you your value. It tells you your value. When you work in football, (for me) before as a footballer and stayed at the top level for many years, it’s the same when you become a coach.
“I think that money is not the most important thing. The most important thing is to win. That’s most important thing for me and the players, to write the history.” Daily Mail