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Conte on Chelsea exit talk: ‘Everything is possible’

Antonio Conte says it is up to Chelsea whether he stays at the club or not. The Italian won the Premier League title last term, in his first season as head coach with the Blues, who play Leicester on Saturday. Conte signed an improved contract last summer, but it was not an extension to his deal which still expires in June 2019, and there has been continual speculation over his position. The former Juventus and Italy boss says that goes with the territory of working at Chelsea and does not happen at other clubs. He said: “I have another year of (my) contract with this club. But as you know very well everything is possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job.” Asked if he would extend his contract with Chelsea, Conte added: “In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away.” Conte’s position has been the subject of speculation regarding a rumoured frustration over transfers. He added: “For the manager of this club it’s normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup. This is the history of this club for the manager. “I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. (But) there is something strange if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn’t happen.” Conte insisted he is happy at Chelsea, will continue to work as a professional and will “never give up”. Conte was unable to provide an update on Eden Hazard’s contract, amid suggestions a new deal for the Belgium playmaker is close, saying it was a club matter. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was expected to speak about Sanchez on Friday evening. Conte and Mourinho have exchanged numerous verbal barbs this week, but the Italian says he will not be tuning into the United boss’ media conference. “No, I’m not interested in this,” he said. Chelsea have drawn their last three games, including goalless draws with Norwich and Arsenal in the last two games. And Conte is wary of Leicester. “We must pay great attention. At this moment maybe Leicester is the worst team to face for us,” Conte said. The post Conte on Chelsea exit talk: ‘Everything is possible’ appeared first on Football365....


Published By: Fottball 365 - Friday, 12 January, 2018

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