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PSG and Antonio Conte’s representatives hold talks over possible move

Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Antonio Conte’s representatives in an attempt to convince the Italian to leave Chelsea this summer.

It is heavily insinuated that the Ligue 1 club is prepared to part company with Unai Emery at the end of the season when his contract expires, and Conte is one of four managers the PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is considering as a replacement.

PSG has approached Conte in the knowledge that he is frustrated at Chelsea and possibly looking for a new challenge.

However, a return to coach the Italy international squad would be another option for the 48-year-old, should he part company with the London club in the summer even as Chelsea board is set to discuss Conte’s future next month.

PSG would be able to offer Conte a small increase in salary and the initial talks were positive, although they are also currently withholding a formal approach and are still considering their options.

Previously, the French club hired Emery in 2016 after he had won an unprecedented third Europa League in a row with Sevilla.  

But despite PSG’s hopes Spaniard’s European  experience would help them finally lift the Champions League, Emery’s first year in charge saw them going out to FC Barcelona in the last 16 despite having won the home leg 4-0, while this season they were again eliminated in the first knockout round, this time Real Madrid progressing 5-2 on aggregate.

Conte, on the other hand, showed at Chelsea that he is capable of creating a team that can overcome the odds and win titles.

The Blues won the league in his first season at Stamford Bridge and although his second campaign has not been as successful there is recognition in Paris that he was not backed in the summer transfer window and that the squad has lacked the required depth and quality to compete in Europe and domestically.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante reportedly faints after training session

N’Golo Kante missed out on Chelsea’s visit to Manchester City on Sunday after fainting at the club’s training ground on Friday, according to reports.

Kante, 26, reportedly passed out after a training session at Cobham and subsequently undertook cardiology tests. The former Leicester City player felt unwell on Sunday morning despite being initially cleared to play and was left out of Antonio Conte’s squad.

As first reported by The Telegraph, the French midfielder was attended to by team doctors seconds after slumping over in the dressing room; after the incident he regained consciousness and was sent to a specialist who found no heart problems.

The incident is thought to have greatly alarmed Kanté’s Chelsea team-mates at the time, and was brought into sharp relief by the news of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori’s sudden death on Sunday.

The initial autopsy has revealed that Astori most likely suffered bradyarrhythmia — meaning his heartbeat got slower and slower until it stopped — while he was sleeping from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Italian authorities also confirmed that there will be further investigations into Astori’s passing with the results expected in 60 days.

Astori had played for Conte and several of his backroom staff with the Italian national team, and the Chelsea manager was visibly emotional in paying tribute to the defender before the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

Kante has reportedly been given a clean bill of health by Chelsea to play, and is available to feature against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and in the Champions League second-leg tie against FC Barcelona next week.

Antonio Conte: Chelsea manager to stay despite thrashing by Watford

Antonio Conte will not be sacked as Chelsea manager in the wake of their 4-1 thrashing defeat at the hands of Watford on Monday night.

Conte’s position was not discussed after the match, and expects to oversee the game against West Bromwich Albion next week.

The fact that Chelsea still remains in the top four of the Premier Leauge and are still in the running for both the Champions League and FA Cup were cited as reasons not to make a managerial change right now, while it was also understood that the Italian has since given his players three days off.

Conte also admitted his team had played “with fear” at Vicarage Road and rejected using injuries and fatigue as an excuse for their poor form, but conceded that an empty week is an opportunity to grant his players a rest amidst a busy schedule since the turn of the year.

With the defending champions are now fourth in the Premier League and 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, Conte said that “the club have to take another decision” if they think he is not doing a good enough job.

Still, there is support for the former Juventus coach as Blues captain Gary Cahill has voiced out his support for Conte, saying that the players needed to “look in the mirror” after the Blues’ second straight three-goal defeat.

“The manager has done an absolutely unbelievable job,” Cahill added. “This is the worst I’ve felt for quite a while. Performance-wise at Watford I didn’t recognise us or myself. It was abysmal. We just need to keep strong. I’ve been here before at this club: it’s about staying calm. But it hurts a lot when you come off after a performance like that.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have denied reports in Spain that their director Marina Granovskaia has met the former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique about succeeding Conte and insist it remains business as usual at the club despite only two wins in 10 games since the turn of the year.