Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to discuss the consistent speculation surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues coach was speaking to the media today ahead of his sides Premier League fixture away to Southampton tomorrow and said:
“It’s not my job to answer this type of question. There’s always speculation around our position. This is not only for me, but a lot of coaches.”
“The most important thing now is to be focused on Chelsea and to try to improve and finish the season in the best possible way. I’m not curious (about the reports). I don’t read the papers, and I’m not interested in this.”
Chelsea will face Mark Hughes struggling Saints side again next week in the FA Cup semi-final, in what is the Blues only real chance at salvaging any respectability from what has been a turbulent season both on-and-off the pitch for the reigning Premier League Champions.
Conte has been embroiled in a very public falling out with his club’s board over transfer policy for most of the season, and poor results on the pitch have seen his side slip to fifth in the table with little or no hope of catching fourth placed Spurs with just six games remaining.
The former Juventus coach has insisted that he remains committed to his club, and while this may be true for now, it looks increasingly likely that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri and former Barcelona coach are the favourites to take over the Stamford Bridge hot seat this summer.