Carragher expects Conte to leave Chelsea in next 12 months


"I'd be very surprised if I'm sitting here in 12 months' time and he's the Chelsea manager".

Liverpool's former defensive rock Jamie Carragher has spoken-out regarding Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United - saying that the transaction typifies the west London club's business model.

That's a view shared by Carragher who, on Sky Sports' new show The Debate, said that he feels that this sense of frustration combined with Chelsea's general apathy towards their own managers could see the Italian walk away before the beginning of next season.

Conte famously left Juventus as manager in 2014 after winning three successive Serie A titles, citing the club's failure to back him in the transfer market.

'He's not going to go quietly and it's not great for the club when the manager is coming out and speaking the way he is'.

"Matic's move to Manchester United was the flawless example of that", said the ex-Reds man.

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Conte's side this summer have spent £70m on Alvaro Morato in a club-record deal, £34m on Antonio Rudiger and central midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for £40m.

Chelsea, since being bought by Roman Abramovich in 2003, have been ruthless with their firing of managers - namely the double sacking of Jose Mourinho, and Claudio Ranieri and Carlo Ancelotti getting the boot after less than two years.

He added: "They're not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can't really complain".

Above all, the former Champions League victor believes that the current Blues manager has been ignored during the summer transfer window and will not put up with the board calling the shots over who the club should or should not bring into the team for much longer. Since Abramovich came in I think they've won more trophies than anyone. We don't know how good he is going to be, but that has been their business model going forward.

Chelsea are getting much closer to this situation, as they search for a long term replacement for John Terry, and they seem ready to test the player's resolve by slapping a bid in.

'The success they've had in changing managers ... they're not going to take anything off Conte.