Chelsea manager claims Manchester United and Manchester City too big-spending
Chelsea linked with Alexis Sanchez capture before Manchester United eventually sign the Chilean
January 24th, 2018
Antonio Conte has had a bee in his bonnet for much of the season and the Italian has now claimed that Chelsea winning last season’s Premier League title was nothing short of a “miracle”.
Conte was interested in landing Alexis Sanchez during the January transfer window, although Manchester United’s superior spending power and ability to pay wages usurped all competitors and the Chilean arrived at Old Trafford in the past few days.
The future of the Chelsea manager beyond the end of this season remains open to question, although Conte claims that the two Manchester clubs should be top dogs when you consider their budgets.
“In this moment, there are two teams in this league who are ‘top’,” Conte said. “The others have to fight for a place in the Champions League. Last season we did a fantastic job and did a little miracle. This season is showing this.
“We won the league and reached the FA Cup final, and finished with a profit of £50m in the transfer market. In the past, this had never happened but the situation changed. What happened three years, 10 years or eight years ago was totally different. Now we have to fight and give our all for Chelsea because United and Manchester City will stay there. We’ll have to make a success not with money but with work.
“It’s not simple [to finish above the Manchester clubs] because these big teams continue to improve and invest a lot of money, and there is this gap. These two big clubs can become seriously dangerous for other teams in the world: they are very strong already and want to invest.
“Look at Alexis Sánchez. Only one or two clubs can pay this type of salary. This is the market. If you want to buy Neymar, you must be ready to give him €25m in wages. If you want to buy Messi, Ronaldo, now Sánchez, you must be ready to pay his salary. We never were in this race for Sánchez, ever, and one of the reasons was this amount of salary.”