Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that he intends to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge and that the speculation regarding his future at the club is "no problem" as it only motivates him to do better.
There have been rumours emerging that the former Juventus boss will leave Chelsea at the end of the season despite his contract with the club running till 2019. This has come into focus due to various tensions between him and the club management over transfer policy.
Is Antonio Conte offering a significant hint about his future as Chelsea boss?https://t.co/fX6lmlCXUX— Goal (@goal) February 21, 2018
The 48-year-old who led the Blues to the Premier League title in his maiden season has refuted suggestions of leaving the club, revealing that he intends to see out his contract.
"I've said it very clearly: I've got a contract until 2019 and I intend to respect this, but you know anything can happen in football. It takes two to be happy and continue a marriage. Our work is unique because we've always got our suitcase in our hands. My intention is to respect my contract, but if something were to happen, it would open up different scenarios", Conte said following Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16 Champions League fixture last night.
Conte to Mediaset premium: “In our line of work, we always have a bag packed. My intention is to remain here, but if something were to change, there would be several different scenarios opening up.” https://t.co/Lhf0kaQBuF #CFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) February 21, 2018
"After the defeat against Burnley [on the opening day of the season], people were already talking about change the coach, but that is because of this history. There's a lot of rumours about Chelsea in the press. But it's no problem for me. I hope that this pressure doesn't harm the players, not me, because I go looking for pressure", he added.
The Blues have not had the best of seasons so far, finding themselves out of the race to defend their title, as they are currently placed fourth in the league table with 53 points from 27 games. Chelsea though will be looking to pick up silverware as they are still in contention in the FA Cup and in Europe.