The Chelsea news cycle has been overtaken by reports of discontent between the club and their manager Antonio Conte and even though we might want to think otherwise, whenever there is smoke, there is probably some fire somewhere. And just in case the bridges between the Blues and the Italian boss do go up in flames, Chelsea already have a target to fill in Conte's seat in former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, at least according to Sam Wallace of the Telegraph.
In an interview with FourFourTwo back in October 2013, Enrique said he wanted to manage a team in England one day. A few months later, he took over the position at Barcelona and lead them to a treble in his debut season. He announced his exit from Barça in March, although he also said at the time that he was eager for a break from management once the season ended.
The Telegraph do make it clear that Chelsea's intentions are to have Conte remain at the club for a long while. The club are still planning on making Conte the best paid manager in our history with an extension on his current contract. But they will also stand firm on their current transfer policy, which seems to be the major reason behind the alleged possible conflict between the parties at the moment.
With Chelsea trusting their process rather than giving leeway to Conte or any other manager to take the life-or-death decisions in the club's day by day dealings, this battle will not be over until our current boss decides to accept his fate and stick to the club, or move on to other pastures which might accept his demands. We surely hope that this will be solved as quickly as possible, with Conte staying at the Bridge for many years to come as it seems to be Chelsea's wishes as well. However, since Conte's fateful text message to Diego Costa, this no longer seems to be a certainty...