Shaun Wright-Phillips makes confident Chelsea prediction about Antonio Conte

The Chelsea legend doesn't expect Antonio Conte to leave the Premier League champions in the near future

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Shaun Wright-Phillips has ruled out Antonio Conte leaving Chelsea at the end of the Premier League season.

The Italian coach led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge after the west London side finished seven points clear of their closest challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

Conte introduced his successful 3-4-3 formation at Chelsea last term to help revolutionise the Premier League in the 2016-17 season.

The ex Juventus boss missed out on the chance to complete the double last season following a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Chelsea have made a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign following a 3-2 loss to Burnley in their season opener before a 1-0 defeat at the hands of title rivals Manchester City last weekend.

The Blues are already six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after seven games to leave Conte’s men well off the pace in the title race.

The 48-year-old has been linked with a potential return to Serie A throughout his spell at Stamford Bridge.

However, former Chelsea midfielder Wright-Phillips doesn’t expect Conte to prematurely call time on his Blues managerial career.

“Conte is still settling in to the Premier League and the English environment,” said Wright-Phillips, speaking exclusively to 888sport.

“Sometimes it’s hard for someone who has spent their whole life in one country to get up and go and then look further than two years.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Shaun Wright-Phillips, including his thoughts on who the greatest ever Premier League striker is

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