Antonio Conte has said that “everything is possible”, when asked about whether he could depart Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Reports have circulated all season long that Roman Abramovich could replace the Italian at the end of the season, and the Premier League winning manager hasn’t ruled it out, despite insisting that he is happy at the club.
Conte’s contract runs until the end of the 2018-19 season, but with Max Allegri and Luis Enrique being linked as potential replacements, the 48-year old may not see out the end of his current deal.
Having been invited to comment on the matter in his news conference on Friday, Conte said;
Everything is possible. I have another year of contract with this club but, as you know very well in football, everything is possible.
In one moment you stay here and in another you are in another place and another person replaces you. Football is like this. Our job is very difficult. Everything can change.
Conte, who won the Premier League title in his first season in England, believes that continued speculation over his future is owed much to Chelsea’s policy of frequently replacing managers over the past decade. Conte continued;
I’m happy and I’m enjoying my period here. It wasn’t easy… because it was my first experience in another country. But, for sure, I am enjoying my experience. I’m enjoying to live in this atmosphere and to work with my players. In this aspect I am very happy.
I have another year of my contract and in this case I think the club has to decide to send me away. In football now it’s very difficult to predict if you can stay for many years in one club, especially now in England. Before, the manager – he was in charge for many years. Now all of a sudden you decide to sack the managers earlier.
I’m not surprised [by the rumours] because we are not talking about my work – the history of Chelsea speaks very clear.
For this reason, it’s normal if the press is used to speaking a lot about the managers of Chelsea. It doesn’t change the situation. I don’t ask to change the situation. My only problem is to continue to work and to do a job, be professional and have good results.
I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. I am very serene. I trust in my work and the work we are doing.