Conte thanks Chelsea fans for their support

Chelsea secured a much needed three points when they defeated Premier League basement boys West Brom at Stamford Bridge last night.

Blues manager Antonio Conte’s future has been the subject of intense speculation over recent weeks, due to a combination of disagreements with his club’s hierarchy over transfer policy and poor results on the pitch.

However, right from the first whistle last night the Stamford Bridge faithful demonstrated their support for their under fire manager by singing his name, and after the game the Italian coach was quick to thank his club’s fans when he said.

“For sure I have to thank the fans. They showed me great support because I think they are reading speculation and rumours about me.

“For sure, I’m grateful to the fans for supporting me in this way. It means that, maybe in our 18 months together, they understand my passion and my will to defend these colours, this shirt, this badge. I want to thank them.

“To feel this atmosphere around me is very important. It’s very important to feel that people appreciate my work here in Chelsea.

“For sure, for me it’s important. I repeat: me and the players are trying to do our best to give them the best satisfaction. Sometimes we can do this, sometimes not, but the will is always present.”

Chelsea’s victory over Alan Pardew’s men, see’s them move back up into the top four, and into the automatic Champions League qualification spots.

The Blues face Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.