Antonio Conte passionately opens up about his Chelsea FC future
Antonio Conte insists that he is fully committed to Chelsea FC after the FA Cup final win
Antonio Conte has insisted that he remains completely committed to Chelsea FC after the Blues’ FA Cup triumph on Saturday.
Conte watched his side beat Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley in the final thanks to Eden Hazard’s first half penalty at the national stadium.
The victory allowed the Blues to end the season on a positive note despite having finished in fifth place in the Premier League table.
It now remains to be seen whether Conte will stay on as Chelsea FC manager after what has been a largely disappointing campaign for the west London club.
The Blues missed out on Champions League qualification for next season and Conte’s future has been a relentless source of speculation throughout the campaign.
The Italian manager was quizzed about his situation after the game and Conte insisted that his future at the west London club is out of his hands – but that he remains totally committed to Chelsea FC.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Conte said: “I have a contract and I am committed to this club. From the start of the season, because don’t forget the speculation started after our first defeat to Burnley, my position was always the same, I’m committed.
“One day there was speculation about me going with the national team, another day it was to go with another important team, but in every press conference I said I was committed to this club. I respect my contract but our job is not simple.
“I understand the club can make a decision, positive or negative, I’m the first to understand because I’m the coach of a great and an important club, and it’s right the club demand a lot from me. You have to understand if this season we had the maximum or not.
“I have great respect for my club and for sure they will make the best decision. I’m the first to accept any decision for the future because after these two seasons I will always love this colour, this club and the fans if my future is in a different way.
“I think that after two years the club know me very well. If they want to continue to work with me they know me. I can’t change. My way is always the same; hard work and to build a strong identity with my players, I can’t change. I’m like this. My past speaks very clear as a player and manager.”
Chelsea FC are bound to be linked with a host of players in the coming weeks and months as they look to build a squad capable of regaining the title next season after their disappointing campaign.