Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Chelsea make contact with 'very intrigued' Maurizio Sarri about replacing Antonio Conte

Chelsea make contact with 'very intrigued' Maurizio Sarri about replacing Antonio Conte

The Spaniard was signed in the summer from Real Madrid for a club-record £58million, but has failed to live up to expectations with just 14 goals from 40 appearances this season.

Morata initially chose to play through the pain, but that failed to cure the problem and he admits that he should have spent a longer time on the treatment table.

It is understood he went to see a specialist in Germany earlier this year to help cure the problem.

"Everything was good until I had the problems with my back", said Morata. It's easy to just look at the recent games, but I try to remember I played probably 25 to 30 games with no mistakes at all before that.

The former Juventus and Italy manager has been constantly criticizing the club's transfer policy throughout the season, hinting that the players that were brought in were not all his preferences, possibly indicating as to why Drinkwater hasn't been involved regularly. Now it's in the past.

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Several weeks ago, it seemed likely that he would join Paris Saint-Germain with a view to making the Ligue 1 leaders a more competitive force in the UEFA Champions League.

'Before they've changed the coach, and kept the players. This is the first of two games between the sides, with an FA Cup semi-final date pencilled in for the week after. That is why we are in this position now. here's no reason why.

'It's been a collective failure at Chelsea this season. If we win this title it will not make up for this season.

Antonio Conte will have to rotate his squad as they aim to battle for pride in the league, while providing themselves with a platform to win the FA Cup.

He said: "It would have been better if I'd stopped".

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