Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino called on the club's chairman Daniel Levy to match his ambitions by being "brave" in the transfer market ahead of moving to a new 62,000 capacity stadium. Conte who won the Premier League during his first spell at Stamford Bridge is expected to depart West London after Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United and Sky Sports say Pochettino is being discussed upstairs.
Recent rumours have linked Luis Enrique and Maurizio Sarri to the Chelsea hot-seat but apparently Abramovich believes Pochettino has the youth, charisma and vision to restore the Blues' reputation.
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The Argentine has guided Spurs to three consecutive top-three finishes in the Premier League and as each season passes under Pochettino, the North London club look better placed at competing against top European sides.
Conte has followed up his title-winning season with a dismal second campaign in which Chelsea finished outside of the Champions League places.More news: Senate panel poised to recommend Gina Haspel's confirmation
"That is a little bit up to Daniel (Levy) of course, to the club, to be happy with us, because after four years I think we need to assess that period", Pochettino said.
"I think he has half an incline of that, I wouldn't be surprised if he's heard something and that's why he's throwing all this stuff out - I need that and this".More news: Mircrosoft's Low-Cost Tablet to Rival Apple
'I have a contract and the club know very well the situation. In this type of situation, with a club with our unbelievable fans, being fearless is the most important, and to take risks.
"It's out of my hands, it's not my decision, to be here or not".More news: IEA warns global oil demand may suffer as crude nears $80