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Gianfranco Zola: Antonio Conte situation unhealthy for Chelsea

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Gianfranco Zola says Antonio Conte is a great manager and his situation at Chelsea 'is a pity'

Gianfranco Zola says uncertainty over Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's future isn't healthy for the club.

Conte's second season at the club ended with lifting the FA Cup after victory over Manchester United at Wembley but they finished outside the Champions League qualification spots, coming fifth in the Premier League.

The Italian manager has one year left on his three-year contract but his future has been the subject of widespread speculation, with Conte publicly criticising Chelsea's transfer policy last season.

 during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England.
Image: Conte led Chelsea to the FA Cup in his second season at the club

Zola, who played for Chelsea from 1996 until 2003, has said he isn't sure if Conte would remain in charge next season.

Speaking to Sky Sports at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Zola said: "It's very difficult to say. There have been a lot of issues. For me, it's sad because he's a manager who has done well.

Antonio Conte during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Image: Conte faces an uncertain future at Chelsea

"It's not healthy. The Premier League is such a competitive league and everything on the inside at a club needs to be spot on.

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"It's a pity, because I repeat, Antonio is a very good manager."

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