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Volume 10 No. 25

Franchises

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte
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Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte "made clear his frustrations" at his club's strategy in the January transfer window by admitting his powers of persuasion remain “a disaster” when it comes to convincing his employer to sign players, according to Dominic Fifield of the London GUARDIAN. The Italian’s relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy has "always been strained" over recruitment policy, "echoing similar disagreements" through his three-year stint in charge at Juventus, and he "conceded publicly in recent weeks that Chelsea cannot compete financially with the Manchester clubs." Conte went into the weekend with the joint highest win percentage -- 70.3%, alongside Pep Guardiola -- of any manager in Premier League history. Asked if he thought anyone "could do a better job" with the players at his disposal, Conte said, "I don't know. Usually? Usually in my experience, I reach the best results possible with the players I have to work with." While there is an acceptance that the Italian "will move on in the summer despite having another year to run on his contract," Chelsea has been "reluctant to make a change in the dugout mid-season." Reports in Spain have suggested Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona manager who is "believed to be keen to work in England," has "verbally agreed" to personal terms with Chelsea (GUARDIAN, 2/11).

Renault Sport Racing confirmed its entry to esports with a partnership with France’s Team Vitality. The carmaker will create a new entity dedicated to motorsport-based games, to be called “Renault Sport Team Vitality.” Renault Sport Team Vitality will participate in this year’s Rocket League Championship Series Europe. It is also in talks with Formula 1 to compete in the F1 eSports Series (Renault).

Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille opened its official account on Chinese social media site Weibo. OM Int’l Affairs & Marketing Dir Miguel Bertran said, “It is important for Olympique de Marseille to consolidate its presence in China by offering OM content to Weibo users and develop its brand in a country that is consuming football at an amazing rate” (SPORTBUZZ BUSINESS, 2/12).