Ian Wright questions Chelsea over Antonio Conte deal

The Arsenal legend questions why Chelsea didn't extend Antonio Conte's stay despite handing the Italian an improved contract

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright has admitted that he thought it was weird Antonio Conte signed a new Chelsea deal but didn’t add more years to his contract.

The Italian coach was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor at Stamford Bridge back in 2016.

Conte signed seven players in his first summer transfer window to help overhaul the squad that he inherited form interim manager Guus Hiddink.

Chelsea went on a 13-game winning streak to help the west London side pull clear of their title rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

The Blues ended up winning the Premier League title with two games to spare as Conte made an instant impact in the English top flight.

Conte was rewarded with a pay increase but the Italian didn’t extend his deal beyond his remaining two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Former Arsenal striker Wright admitted that he found it weird that Conte wouldn’t want to secure his long-term future at the Premier League champions.

“He signed a new contract,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“They gave him more money but didn’t extend the term. I found that very strange – [that] the club and the manager wouldn’t want more years. There has been rumblings of discontent from the start of the season. It is carrying on now.”

Chelsea lost 2-1 to bitter rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley last term.

The Blues lost to Arsene Wenger’s men on penalties in the Community Shield earlier this year.

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