Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the club in past weeks, including suggestions from the media that Carlo Ancelotti is to replace Conte next season.
We have covered rumors recently suggesting Carlo Ancelotti will be replacing Conte at the end of the season with the board tired of Conte’s antics and criticisms of the transfer market. But now, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has insisted he’s staying next season and as long as the club don’t sack him, he’s hoping to challenge Manchester City for the title next season. As Conte recently conceded that they had lost the title already to City who are in rampant form under Pep Guardiola.
But Conte wants another season to prove to the Blues hierarchy that patience is key, and to look at the long-term picture.
Conte said: “I have another year on my contract. So in this moment my focus is total.
“It is total for Chelsea, for my players, to improve my players, to try to improve the team. To try to improve the club. To see if I can do this…
“Because I repeat last season for me City were superior to us. United the same. Tottenham the same. And Arsenal. But despite this we won the league.”
Conte went on to have another subtle dig at the board however: “I think last season we did a fantastic job. Don’t forget two years ago the team finished 10th. If you remember our transfer market wasn’t impressive.
“We are trying to change the average age of our team. Now I think our team is younger than last season. For a club like Chelsea it is very important to start to do this if you want to create a new base and face the future with confidence.”
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