Antonio Conte has expressed his intention to see out the remainder of his contract at Chelsea, despite speculation surrounding his future.
The former Juventus boss has constantly sounded unhappy in his role at Stamford Bridge this season, whether it be at the clubs lack of transfer backing, or his own homesickness. Reports today have even suggested that Conte could be offered a chance to quit the club, with the Italian FA offering him the chance to take up his old post as the coach of the Italian National Team.
However, despite all of the speculation, Antonio Conte has insisted that he is intending to see out the remainder of his 18 month contract:
“From the start of this season there have been a lot of speculation and rumours around me.
“The only thing I can tell you now is I still have 18 months of contract with Chelsea. My intention, my will, is to respect the contract.
“We signed a three-year contract. I think our desire is to continue our work.
“This season, the situation has always been the same, with a lot of pressure, and I don’t understand why, always around me. Maybe it is because this is Chelsea. This is the only answer I’m having.
“But the pressure is normal. When the situation is too calm, you risk being relaxed and losing the anger, the fire. I like to live with this pressure.”
As we reported earlier this week, Conte has admitted that Chelsea are in a real struggle to qualify for next season’s Champions League, with the Blues currently in fourth place in the Premier League, just two points ahead of Tottenham.