Antonio Conte: I'm staying at Chelsea until the end of my contract

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Antonio Conte: I'm staying at Chelsea until the end of my contract

Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to publicly back him amid speculation over his future.

The former Juventus manager has grown frustrated with the club's transfer business this term and has been taking thinly-veiled digs at the Chelsea hierarchy for not being able to land his top targets, throughout the course of the season.

Chelsea's season is threatening to implode on current form, and the Italian could be facing the sack if the Blues lose to Watford on Monday.

Mourinho said: "I don't blame him".

"Question completely wrong and because of that, out of control reaction".

"I'm giving all of myself for this club", he said. "I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me". "What I will say is I will never be banned for match fixing".

The United boss will welcome a clash - and after winning the war of words, this one seems far from finished.

And earlier this week Alessandro Costacurta, Conte's former worldwide team-mate who is now vice-commissioner of the FIGC, Italian football's governing body, said he would go to London to talk to Conte about reprising his former role as Italy manager. But, for sure, I'd be glad'.

"But, at the same time, I know this never happened in the past, so why should I hope for something different?"

Costacurta said: "We can't make mistakes".

Chelsea have played 40 games this season - that tally was 28 at this stage a year ago - and there had been concerns Conte has not eased the intensity of training.

"Our objective is to tear off a page that has done a lot of harm to all of us, even if it wasn't only Ventura's fault, and then bring the Azzurri back up to where they deserve to be for their history and tradition".

"And then I think that we are doing the maximum for this club and if the club understands this and the club wants to extend a new contract then we can talk, why not? Why not? My desire is to continue to work with this club".

The Russian has been quick to dispense with managers and that willingness to change has nearly been perceived policy given that Chelsea have still stayed at the top of the game, but Conte pointed to how it was more relevant at a time when the club when more willing to spend.

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