Chelsea could be forced to pay Antonio Conte 9m pound if they sack Italian
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Antonio Conte could take a break from the game rather than join a new club if Chelsea decide to sack him, meaning they risk having to pay 9m pound in compensation for the final year of his contract.
The Italian is expected to leave the club despite winning the EPL and FA Cup in two seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Should he elect to take a year-out he will be entitled to a full pay-off from Chelsea as part of the new contract he agreed last summer.
Conte has no intention of resigning despite his fractious relationship with the club hierarchy.
Under the terms of the deal he signed 12 months ago the former Juventus and Italy coach will continue to be paid his monthly salary for a further year until he takes another job, should he be dismissed.
It will take an attractive offer to lure him back to the dugout with a shortage of realistic options available this summer.
He had already ruled himself out of the running to return to the Italian national job, which was filled by Roberto Mancini earlier this month.
On the continent PSG, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have all secured their managerial appointments for next season, while Zinedine Zidane appears secure at Real Madrid.