Antonio Conte has insisted Chelsea would have to sack him if he was to leave this summer while doing little to disguise where the differences between himself and his club lay.
Rumours have been rabidly suggesting that Antonio Conte will leave Chelsea in the summer. The boss has never quite settled in West London and the apparent lack of backing from the board may push him out. However, in his latest comments, Conte has claimed that he will only leave if the board terminate his contract.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Leicester City, Conte addressed the numerous rumours.
“Everything is possible,” said Conte.
“But I have another year of contract and in this case I think the club has to decide to send me away. We are not talking about my work. The history of Chelsea is very clear. It is normal for the manager of the club to have this situation. If you won last season the League and reached the final of the FA Cup, this is the history of this club for the manager.”
Asked whether he might decide to walk away from Chelsea at the end of the season, Conte replied: “No. I am fully committed to Chelsea, to work with my players to try also to improve the club in the football aspect. I am fully committed in this and I am happy in what I am doing now and what I did in the past. But I am more happy in what I am doing now.”
Conte may be happy with his own work, but he continues to give the impression that he is far from satisfied with the efforts of those responsible for signing players.
Asked whether it annoys him that City are continuing to try to boost their squad, despite being so far clear at the top of the table, Conte replied: “I understand that the other teams try to kill the other teams and to anticipate the situation, and this is the real transfer market – not to wait until the last moment to buy the players. If you anticipate the transfer market you become stronger and you make the other team weak. And I have great respect for the plan of the others because everyone tries to kill you.”
Chelsea have a mountain of work to do if they are to look back with fondness on the 2017/18 campaign. They are currently in a top four race, while they face a struggle to win any of the cup competitions.