Antonio Conte on Chelsea future speculation: 'Everything is possible'

Antonio Conte on Chelsea future speculation: 'Everything is possible'
From ESPN - January 12, 2018

LONDON -- Antonio Conte admitted that "everything is possible" when asked about reports that Chelsea are lining up Luis Enrique or Massimiliano Allegri to succeed him at Stamford Bridge this summer.

A number of reports this week suggested that Chelsea are making plans for life after Conte. The Italian's contract runs until June 2019, but he has been linked with an early exit from Stamford Bridge ever since coming into conflict with the club hierarchy over recruitment during a troubled summer transfer window.

Conte has largely ignored questions about his future this season, but when asked specifically about the reports linking Enrique and Allegri with his job, he replied: "Everything is possible. I have another year of contract at this club, but in football everything in possible. Football is this.

"For the manager of this club it is normal to have this type of situation. [Even] if you won the league last season and reach the final of the FA Cup, this is the history. I have a lot of experience to deal with this situation.

"There is something strange that after the first game we lost against Burnley the press pushed quickly to sack me. In other clubs this does not happen. I trust in my work and what we are doing in these two seasons. In football, anything can happen and you must be ready."

Conte did, however, clarify that he is settled in English football. "I am happy and enjoying my period here," he added. "It was not easy [at the start] as it was my first experience in another country. I am enjoying to live in England and [work] with my players.

"I have another year of contract and in this case I think the club has to decide to send me away. We have started our work here. When you start the work, you need time to improve your work and have solid basis.

"Football now is very difficult [to] predict if you stay for many years in one club. England is changing this equation. Before managers were in charge for many years, but now in England it is habit to sack early."


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