Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has assured supporters that he’s not planning on going anywhere, amidst continued links with Inter Milan.
Reports from Italian media had suggested this week that Conte was ready to return to Italy, due to not settling in London and missing his family, with San Siro outfit Inter Milan ready to offer huge incentives to return to the Serie A.
However, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday night’s London derby with West Ham, Conte made it clear that was far from the truth. Quoted by The Daily Mail, he said:
‘I think my situation is very clear. I have a contract with Chelsea. We are trying to build something important with the club, for the present and for the future.\
‘I am happy here. The only problem for me this season was the family missing me. My family stayed in Italy. I am working, and working for the future to try and bring them here and to stay together. My family is missing me, this is the truth.’
‘If you ask my opinion. I hope to stay and work a lot for this club, to win a lot with this club. Every coach, when you start working at a new club, you hope to stay many, many years because it means you are working very well.’
‘You have the possibility to improve your players, to improve your team, and to grow together. I think this season we are doing this. We are putting great foundations down for the present and, above all, for the future. So it is normal for every coach to hope to stay many years in a club, and to work to improve your players and reach great results; and to win.’
‘But you know, especially with memories fresh from Claudio Ranieri, you have to be ready for anything.’
Conte’s wife and daughter were originally supposed to join the Italian boss in London back in January but that move has been delayed until the summer. However, there is no indication that the Premier League leaders will lose their manager anytime soon.