Paul Merson replies when asked if Antonio Conte will be Chelsea FC manager next season

The Arsenal legend doesn't expect Antonio Conte to be in charge of Chelsea FC next season`

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Paul Merson has claimed that Antonio Conte won’t be at Chelsea FC at the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

The defending champions are in third place in the table but 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

The Chelsea FC boss hasn’t been afraid to bemoan his lack of squad depth throughout the current campaign.

Indeed, Conte missed out on his top summer targets Romelu Lukaku and Alex Sandro, while key duo Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic moved to Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.

Chelsea FC lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final to miss out on a trip to Wembley, before the Blues beat Newcastle United to secure their place in the FA Cup fifth round.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Conte won’t be at Chelsea FC at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

“I don’t think he will be there,” Merson told Sky Sports. “It doesn’t look right. I would be shocked if he was there at the start of next season.”

Chelsea FC signed England international Ross Barkley in a £15m deal from Premier League rivals Everton earlier in the January transfer window.

The Blues will take on La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 next month.

The west London side have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Conte.

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