Ex Barcelona and AS Roma boss Luis Enrique ‘agrees deal’ with a report in Spain suggesting the former Barcelona boss has already agreed personal terms to replace Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Conte’s position in the Blues hotseat has become increasingly unstable in recent weeks following a 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth and then a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford on Monday.
With Chelsea’s position in the top four now coming under threat, owner Roman Abramovich could be forced to act and, according to Sport, he is set to hand 47-year-old Enrique a two-and-a-half-year contract until the summer of 2020.
Speaking after Chelsea’s humbling defeat at Watford this week, Conte insisted he does not fear being sacked and even challenged the club to wield the axe if they believe he is not good enough.
‘No, I’m not worried. I’m not worried about my job,’ said Conte.
‘I work every day, and I give 120 per cent. Okay? If this is enough, it’s okay.
‘Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I’m not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelsea coach or not. Which is the problem? My soul is clear.
‘I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it’s not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.
‘To play football in a great club, it means you must have a personality because it’s simple to play when there is the confidence.
‘Especially in this type of moment, you can see who is (ready to play) for a great club. To play with personality and also to risk something.’