Antonio Conte reacts to Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell Chelsea

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte says Roman Abramovich selling Chelsea is ‘not good news’ for their fans.

Conte won the Premier League in 2016-17, followed by cup glory in 17-18, but he was sacked due to a fifth place league finish.

The Italian’s axing cost Roman £26million in compensation and legal fees, as Conte sued the club in a lengthy legal battle.

In a press conference he spoke out and said: “It is not good news for Chelsea fans.”

He seemed complimentary of the work Roman had done with the Blues.

Chelsea have beaten Conte’s Tottenham twice in 2022 already, and have not conceded a goal to the Lilywhites since August 2021.

Conte has previously labelled Abramovich as a very “passionate” man amid fresh Blues sale confirmation.

The Italian has provided the owner with two of the 21 trophies won since 2023 during his turbulent two-season stay in west London.

After reflecting on his turbulent time in SW6, Conte only had good things to say about a man he labelled as ‘very passionate’ for his football.

“I keep good memories with Chelsea, the club, with Mr Abramovich, who is a very passionate man for his football,” he said to The Telegraph in an interview back in 2020.

“It was incredible, especially in my first season, because he [Abramovich] was very, very close to me, asking about my football and my ideas.

“Many times he came to the training ground to meet me and I remember he wanted to watch the video about our game and about our preparation – the way we wanted to face the opponent.

“I think in my career, he was one of the most passionate men about football and I keep good memories about him and about the club, an important club in the world.”