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Antonio Conte: My Chelsea fate in Roman Abramovich's hands

Antonio Conte: My Chelsea fate in Roman Abramovich's hands
From ESPN - January 12, 2018

LONDON -- Antonio Conte insisted that he will not walk away from Chelsea at the end of the season, leaving his future at Stamford Bridge in the hands of the club.

Reports this week suggested that the Premier League champions are lining up Luis Enrique or Massimiliano Allegri to succeed Conte in anticipation of the Italian's departure, despite the fact that the improved contract he signed last summer runs until June 2019.

Conte has grown frustrated with the Chelsea hierarchy over the club's recruitment strategy, particularly during a troubled summer transfer window that saw top targets Romelu Lukaku join rivals Manchester United and Alex Sandro remain at Juventus.

When presented with the possibility that Enrique or Allegri could succeed him at the end of the season, Conte on Friday replied that "everything is possible" in football, but he later clarified that he has no intention of resigning and that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will be the one to decide his fate.

Asked if he would walk away, Conte replied: "No. Now I am fully committed for Chelsea, in this job, to work with my players and to try also to improve the club in the football aspect. I am fully committed in this. I am happy in what I am doing now and what I did in the past. But I am more happy in what I am doing now."

Conte's disappointment with Chelsea's transfer plans appeared to surface again on Friday, as he pointedly described Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez's expiring contract as a "great chance" for top clubs to acquire an elite player for much less than his true market value, while tipping him to join Manchester City.

Asked if he could understand Chelsea supporters' confusion at their club's failure to make a bigger play to sign Sanchez, Conte replied: "I do not know. I can give my opinion to my club for every situation, but then they have to make the best decision and that is right. I do not know how I can answer you."

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