Slavisa Jokanovic has received backing from Chelsea’s Pedro as the Spaniard plans to remain at Stamford Bridge despite an inconsistent campaign
Pedro was an everpresent for Antonio Conte last season but not in a way that he would have liked. He was not an automatic first choice with Conte preferring a midfield three behind a pure No.9 and Eden Hazard. His performances too, while okay, were nothing to boast about. Consequently, he has been linked with an exit from the Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard has now moved to quash those rumours admitting that he is happy at Chelsea. Speaking to Spanish radio Cadena Ser, he added: “I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in footballing terms I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England.”
“I’m enjoying my holidays right now, getting some rest and spending time with family, and then start the new season in the best way.”
Chelsea, meanwhile, have more immediate concerns on their hands with the future of Antonio Conte yet to be sorted out. The Italian is fully expected to leave Stamford Bridge but neither has his departure been finalised and nor his successor. Several managers have been linked with the hot seat with the name of Slavisa Jokanovic popping in some news outlets. The Serb led Fulham to the Premier League via the playoffs. Now, he is being talked among the front-runners to replace Conte. On the managerial situation, Pedro added:
“We know there might be some changes. We know he [Jokanovic] is a great manager.”
Pedro is a part of the all-conquering Spain squad that won the World Cup in 2010 and successive Euros either side of it. His stock may have dipped off late but his skill remains unquestionable. Chelsea would do well to keep a hold of him in this transitional period.
As far as Jokanovic is concerned, everyone has their preferred choice of manager. Although, I don’t think that he would be the best candidate to take over at Chelsea