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Spotted – Chelsea official meets Antonio Conte’s agent at Italy vs Spain friendly

Gary Stake, an Italian speaking Chelsea official was sent to Udine where Italy are taking on Spain in a friendly game at The Stadio Friuli.

According to Daily Mail and Telegraph, Staker has traveled that far to have a one-on-one conversation with Antonio Conte’s agent and brother Daniele Conte before the Italian manager takes charge at Stamford Bridge next season.

Chelsea official meets Antonio Conte's agent
 Gary Staker (second from left) met with Antonio Conte’s agent and brother Daniele (sat in front)

Conte has already confirmed his decision to quit Italy’s national team after Euro 2016 with Chelsea being his most likely destination. Despite the strong rumours flying in, Conte has stayed quiet and denied any such possibilities.

According to Football Italia, Conte has already met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and has shared a list of probable transfer targets ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge. Thus Staker’s presence in Udine is seen as the next big step ahead of Conte’s move to Premier League.

The 46-year old manager will have a tough job in his hands as he needs a quick overhaul of the squad which may not happen rapidly amid the Euro 2016 commitments of the top players.

He needs to take harsh decisions to ensure that the non performing stars are thrown away of the club and the new players who come in are fit enough to guide Chelsea’s push for the league and a place back among the European elites.

Perhaps the size of his job at Stamford Bridge is forcing him to consider his decision and wait for the right moment to reveal his decision to Chelsea football club and his fans.

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