Life is pretty sweet for Antonio Conte right now. In the league of super-mangers, he's streaking clear by a distance with a Chelsea side that has reeled off ten wins in a row with the principal reason for their success being centered upon the Italian's tactics.
Chinese club Shanghai SIPG made Conte's life even better last week when they tabled an eye watering £60m bid for Chelsea's Brazilian international Oscar.
Speaking at his weekly press conference today, Conte explained Chelsea's rationale for accepting a small country's GDP for a squad player:
“My style is to take always the decision together with the club and to understand also some strange situations, some massive offers. My style is to take always the decision together with the club and to understand also some strange situations, some massive offers.”
He also morphed into Captain Irony when he spoke about the looming threat of Chinese money to Premier League clubs:
“The Chinese market is a danger for all. For all teams in the world, not only for Chelsea but all the teams in the world."
Yes, new money in football is so disruptive. The poor Premier League will have to man the barricades and protect their players from the hail fire of Chinese money that's about to be fired down upon them.
It's times like this you feel sorry for plucky old Roman Abramovich. But Conte hinted that Chelsea will dust themselves off from this assault and try to reinvest some of the Oscar windfall. Some reports have suggested that Marco Verratti from French minnows PSG may be a target.
They'll be OK.