Courtois tells Chelsea to tie Conte down to a new contract
- Antonio Conte agreed a three-year deal with Chelsea worth £15million last April
- However, the Chelsea manager has been linked with a move back to Italy
- The Premier League leaders are confident they will keep hold of their boss
- He is primed to clinch the league title during his first season in charge
Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail
Thibaut Courtois has told Chelsea to tie Antonio Conte down quickly to a new long-term contract.
Conte agreed a three-year deal worth £15million last April but has been linked with a move back to Italy.
Chelsea are confident they will keep hold of their boss, who is primed to clinch the Premier League title during his first season in charge.
Antonio Conte has fired Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League
Conte’s family are expected to join him in London this summer – and Chelsea’s players believe the club will sort out his future.
‘He’s important for the club and I think the club knows that, so they will do whatever to have a happy ending,’ Courtois said.
‘Maybe the league will be tougher next season. It depends on other teams but I think next season we can have a big say in the Premier League and the Champions League. We’ll be fine.
‘You see him on the line shouting and giving us instructions as a team and that gives a good feeling to the players on the pitch so you don’t switch off.
‘He’s a manager with a lot of passion and he’s always good for all the players to see a manager who’s close to us.’
Chelsea have been in formidable form this season under the Italian manager
Chelsea are on the hunt for a new left wing back to compete with Marcos Alonso next season and Sportsmail understands Roma’s Emerson Palmieri has been identified as a possible target.
The 23-year-old Brazilian has impressed in Serie A this year, with Dortmund and Atletico Madrid also thought to have monitored his performances.
Roma only recently signed Palmieri permanently from Santos after an initial loan spell which he largely spent as understudy to now Barcelona defender Lucas Digne.
But Palmieri’s burgeoning reputation has seen Conte look into the possibility of landing him.