Antonio Conte’s future with Chelsea safe for now
Chelsea have denied reports of former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel replacing Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Premier League champions.It was being widely reported in the German media that the German will take over the Italian after Conte was left frustrated with lack of backing from the Chelsea board in the transfer market. (Premier League: Antonio Conte salutes his Chelsea fighters after battling display)However, according to reports in the Independent, the London club has rubbished such claims and have said that there is no such plan in place for now and Tuchel is not on their radar to take over.A difficult summer including a row with Diego Costa and struggles in the transfer market have led to reports suggesting that Conte is unhappy and is planning to quit. There were also contrasting reports coming out that there is a power struggle between him and members of the club’s hierarchy, which could lead to his departure.Last week Conte talked about his vision for a long-term plan at Stamford Bridge, but stopped short of committing of being around to finish the job.”For every coach it’s important to give continuity to the club because when you arrive you don’t know what you’ll find,” he said. “And when you understand your basis you have to try to work step-by-step, year-by-year to improve this basis, to make this basis more solid and to build a good structure.”To fight to win the title, to try to win. Last season we did a fantastic season because there wasn’t this foundation or basis. Last season we started to build this foundation and we won so it means we built something. But now it’s not enough, so we have to improve, to extend this basis, work together with new players. I think we need time. We need time.”advertisementReuters PhotoTuchel is out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season.He started his career at Mainz before moving to Dortmund in 2015. He has a record of 72 wins, 46 draws, and 64 losses with Mainz.In his first season at Dortmund, Tuchel led the club to the quarters of the Europa League, where they were knocked out by his predecessor Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool. Dortmund also lost in the DFB-Pokal final to Bayern Munich on penalties. Tuchel won his first trophy with Dortmund when they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the 2017 DFB-Pokal Final. It was his only honour with the club.The 43-year-old is said to be one of Europe’s most promising coaches after his two-year stint with Dortmund and was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger.