“Ours Is A Job Where Your Suitcase Is Always Packed”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has spoken about his possible exit from Stamford Bridge. The Italian has just under 18 months to go on his contract with the west London side although he is being tipped to go at the end of this season.
The Blues are practically out of the running for the Premier League title with Manchester City 19 points clear with 11 games left. The side’s Champions League hopes have taken a jolt with last night’s 1-1 home draw with Barcelona in their round of 16 first-leg tie with the second leg to come in the Nou Camp in three weeks’ time.
Speaking to Italian outlet Mediaset Premium after last night’s match, Conte was asked about his future at the club.
“Here in the last 14 years have been changed more than ten coaches,” he said. “It is part of the history of Chelsea and the press plays a lot on this habit: the first negative result there is immediately talk of a sacking. But that is because this club is much talked about. For me there is no problem, in fact I like the pressure, but I hope it does not affect the players.”
Conte is being linked with the position as coach of the Italy national team. It’s a job he held until his move to Chelsea two years ago and it remains vacant following the sacking of Gian Piero Ventura last November.
“I have been very clear in the past,” he said. “I have a contract until 2019 and I intend to respect it.
“But in football anything can happen, you know, and ours is a job where your suitcase is always packed.
“My intention is to stay here, but if it were to change then different scenarios could open up and that would be different.”