Stats give Antonio Conte reason to sweat during worldwide break

Antonio Conte

Chelsea have been tipped to return for the Brazil full-back in January as Conte presses to sign his top target, but by then Juventus are confident of tying him down to a new and improved contract.

The Spaniard has done a fine job since arriving at Stamford Bridge a year ago and played an important role in the Blues' Premier League title win, but Sandro is one of relatively few players who could provide an upgrade in his position.

Claims of a financial penalty clause, supposed to have prevented Conte from quitting during the close-season, have been dismissed.

Oscar: "I would be happy to go back. I'm still young, I'm 26 years old yet", he explained. "And preferably for Chelsea, who opened the doors for me to return".

Chelsea, with Roman Abramovich's backing, can double that offer, as well as paying a significant signing-on fee to the seven-times capped Brazilian worldwide.


Oscar was asked which was the most hard team to face in the Premier League, to which he talked up Manchester United and Manchester City, who are the early favourites for the title this season.

In a recent radio interview, the Chelsea manager said: 'I miss Italy, that's beyond doubt.

"But the teams that were very hard to play against, away from home, were Manchester City and Manchester United".

However, Sandro played a key role in guiding his team to the Champions League final last season and it might be tough to pry him out of Juventus' clutches.

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