The centre back apparently wants a better wage and is willing to leave the club if offered one elsewhere.
The Blues face an uphill battle of keeping their best players if they fail to finish inside the top four this season.
Fellow global compatriot, De Bruyne.
Manchester City's brilliant playmaker Kevin De Bruyne remains a strong favourite in the running for both the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and Football Writers' player-of-the year awards over the final months of the season.
Conte has deployed star player Eden Hazard as a false nine in the big games this season, favouring him in that position over out-and-out strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. "We could have played on for three hours, but I wouldn't touch a ball".
The loss makes it Chelsea's fourth in their last five top-flight matches, and they now sit fifth and a massive 25 points behind Manchester City.
He told Sky Sports: 'I think there are three [best players in the Premier League] - Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane. He doesn't score a lot of goals but he can create something with just one movement or pass. However, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, Pep Guardiola's men had the creative prowess and energy to outclass the reigning Premier League Champions. "It's simple, he's a special player", said Hazard.
"I have no doubt at the end of that game as soon as he got on that coach or got home he'd have been right on the phone to his agent and saying "get me out of here"."
'Obviously it is nice that it is voted by other players, but even supporters or journalists or panellists I don't know.