Gianfranco Zola says Antonio Conte is the best manager to lead Chelsea next season

Gianfranco Zola believes is the best option to lead Chelsea amid speculation the Blues could change manager this summer.

Conte led Chelsea to the title in his first year at Stamford Bridge but has found life more difficult this term. The West London club are in real danger of failing to qualify for the and went out of Europe at the hands of this week.

The Italian has an uneasy relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy with the former Juventus manager publicly expressing his frustration at the club’s transfer business.

It’s led to a growing belief he will leave this summer, a year before the end of his contract.

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But Chelsea legend Zola believes Conte is still the best man to lead the club.

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‘It is easy to say Antonio Conte is not happy. He is a winner, and has always been like that since he was a player,’ Zola told the . ‘He wants things to go his way and right now they are not, so he cannot hide his disappointment.

‘I genuinely think he is a good fit for Chelsea, one of the best coaches around, and as I want the best for Chelsea so hope his stays. There are a few issues, but hopefully they solve them.’

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Chelsea have been linked with a host of alternative coaches, with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique currently the favourite to take charge.

Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel, Brendan Rodgers, Marco Silva, Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri have also been linked with replacing Conte.

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