Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that everyone at the club will receive huge bonus if they win the double.
The Blues are back at the top of the Premier League after a flop show last season – that saw Jose Mourinho getting the sack and Chelsea finish a humiliating 10th in the league table.
However, things have turned around well for the Stamford Bridge outfit as they lead the league by four points, while also having a game in hand to second placed Tottenham.
Conte was questioned as to whether he expected any gifts, if he got Chelsea back to glory – but the Italian suggested that he would rather win the title first.
“A Ferrari? First of all, I hope to win the title with the players and the club,” Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre. “This is the most important thing. For me, the present, the gift, is not important. It’s important to reach this target for myself.”
“For myself. For my work. For my family. It’s very important, this. I’m not waiting [for a Ferrari]. I think in every contract of a single player and coach, there is a bonus if you are able to reach a target, there is a bonus, no?”
“A bonus. Sometimes it’s a great bonus. Sometimes it’s a medium or a low bonus. It depends on the difficulty of the target.”
Antonio will be the fourth Italian to win the Premier League – with three Italian winning the league, since Howard Wilkinson became the last Englishman to win it in 1992.
Conte, however stated that just nationality doesn’t matter – but added that he supported both Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri, during their time in England.
“Yes. I think it’s logical to be proud [of Italian coaches],” Conte added. “Last season I supported a lot Claudio Ranieri to win the title. In Italy we celebrated this win in a great way. I think Claudio deserved this for his career.”
“Yes, I think it’s right to have joy if an Italian manager wins the title in England, but also for example with Carlo Ancelotti in Germany. We have another coach who I know very well, who is winning in Russia.”
“Last season he worked with me as an assistant coach, and now he’s winning the title in Russia. It’s great. Every single person must have joy for this type of result.”
“Every coach is different. Every coach is different to other coaches. For sure, in England, I looked at the past and saw many Italian managers won the title in England. I think it’s great for us, it’s great for our school.”
“But I think it’s not important, the country where you arrive. In England now there are top managers from different countries, and also I think we have really good English managers here.”
Chelsea have also officially qualified for next seasons Champions League – which was Conte’s first target.
He is now rooting for his former team Juventus, with the Blues out of this seasons competition.
“Next season we play the Champions League, and it’s great for us,” he continued. “Great for us. A team like Chelsea, the Champions League must be Chelsea’s home, and to try and play in it every season.”
“It won’t be easy in England, because I think in this league you have six teams very strong, very strong. It won’t be easy, the present and the future, to play the Champions League.”
“But for sure now it’s important to finish this season and then find the right solution, to prepare our team to face next season. I think Juventus are an Italian team, so I’m very proud about this. I wish the best for them.”