Antonio Conte was quick to deny rumours that he would be leaving Chelsea were true, saying that he wishes to stay in West London beyond this season.
The Chelsea head coach had been linked with a move away by members of the media in Italy, who suggested that he wished to take over at Inter Milan.
Last week, Italian agent Federico Pastorello reignited the rumours, by saying that Conte could be tempted to make a switch back to Italy.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s upcoming Premier League game against Bournemouth, Conte said:
“I don’t know why this person has spoken about me.”
“I think that I stay here and I repeat to stay here and this is the most important thing. I don’t like when to listen to other people to speak for me.”
“I don’t know why, but I think that I can think that it’s normal to try to involve my name in this situation, because I worked in Italy. I think that they want to come back for me in Italy.”
“I have two more years of contract with Chelsea and this is the truth.”
Despite the rumours of upheaval, Conte insisted that he and his side should stay focused on the present, saying:
“The present now is more important than the future for all. I prefer to be focused on the present and finish this season not only a good season, a great season.”
Along with the rumours surrounding his own future, there have been recent reports suggesting that New York City FC player and former Juventus player under Conte, Andrea Pirlo, could be joining Chelsea in the summer as an assistant coach, with current no.2 Steve Holland leaving the club to join the England setup on a permanent basis.
Speaking on the speculation surrounding his former player, Conte said:
“I repeat, in this period I’m listening to a lot of things and this is very strange for example. Andrea Pirlo is playing, and wants to continue to play. I don’t know why someone wants to put this type of situation for me.”
Away from the rumours, what is certain is that Chelsea will be playing Bournemouth tomorrow. Coming of the back of a 2-1 victory over Manchester City and with eight games left, Chelsea need just 18 points from the remaining 24 available to seal the title. Despite the finish line being so close, Conte insisted that his team do not lose their focus.
“I think we must pay great attention, because if we think tomorrow is going to be easy we are making a great mistake.”
“This race is open. I think now I can see two teams, Chelsea and Tottenham in this race, but anything can happen. There are 24 points, other rivals can go in this race.”
After missing the last two games through injury, Conte could also be boosted by the return of Victor Moses, who he said could be in the team once again.
“Moses, he trained with us yesterday, today. I hope to check his situation and then to make the best decision tomorrow for the team.”