Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte does not understand the ceaseless speculation over his position at Stamford Bridge and stays resolved he will see out the rest of his contract with the West London club.
Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first year in charge of the Blue’s but has cut a despondent figure for the vast majority of the 2017-18 campaign, with constant suggestions that he is not happy with the club’s transfer policy adding to a disappointing title defence.
This has unavoidably prompted suggestions he will leave Chelsea towards the end of the season, a year before his contract runs out – either voluntarily or following the sack, but Conte insists that isn’t the situation.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea trip to Watford on Monday, he said:
“I don’t know why [there is so much speculation].
“My intention, my will is to respect my contract. From the start of the season, there has been a lot of speculation, rumors. The only thing I know is that I still have 18 months left on my contract and my will is to stay here and continue my work. I don’t see a problem with this.”
The subject of Conte’s future has been raised again over the last 24 hours when it rose FIGC vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said he planned to speak to his ex-international teammates with regards to the vacantAzzuri’s job – a position Conte held before penning a deal with the Premier League side.
“I can tell you Costacurta is a friend, we played together with the national team in 1994. But maybe he forgot that I still have 18 months left on my contract with Chelsea.”
Despite his appearance suggesting the contrary, the former Juventus boss claimed he liked the pressure.
“It doesn’t affect me. This season, it has always been the same, a lot of pressure on me and I don’t understand why”
“The pressure is normal and for me the pressure is life. I like the pressure. If I see there is no pressure… it’s not [good] for me or the players when the situation is too calm and relaxed. You lose the anger and the fire. I like to live with this pressure.”
However, the Italian boss remains confident in his own ability
“As you know very well, I trust in my work. This is the only thing I trust, my work, in my work” .
“This is the only way that brought me to be one of the best coaches, the best managers. I trust only my work. I don’t trust in anything else.”