REAL MADRID’S failure to sign Antonio Conte will cost his former club Chelsea more than £7million, according to reports.
And it is believed the La Liga giants pulled the plug on a deal for the Italian because of concerns over his “combustible character”.
The Times report that Conte is continuing to pursue the Blues for damages after his sacking last summer.
Chelsea had hoped that Conte would join Real as that would mean they could finally stop paying him.
Under the terms of his last contract signed in July 2017, Conte is entitled to receive his £9.5m salary for a year – or until he takes another job.
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Conte’s dispute with the side he led to the Premier League title remains in the hands of lawyers.
Real have since appointed Santiago Solari, who was head of their second-string side, as interim head coach.
The Times go on to claim that talks between Real and Conte broke down because of concerns over his hot-headed temper.
And they also report Bernabeu chiefs were concerned over his fall-outs with players, most notably Diego Costa and Willian.