Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists that he will stay at Stamford Bridge, at least for the remaining 18 months of his contract.
Conte’s future has been in doubt all season with the defending champions now fourth in the Premier League table, 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.
We signed a three-year contract. I think our desire is to continue our work.
His future came under fresh scrutiny following his team’s 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth in midweek.
However, Conte insists that he intends to stay with the club. Ahead of his team’s trip to Watford on Monday night, Conte told a press conference: “The only thing I can tell you now is I still have 18 months of contract with Chelsea. My intention, my will, is to respect the contract.
“We signed a three-year contract. I think our desire is to continue our work.
“This season, the situation has always been the same, with a lot of pressure, and I don’t understand why, always around me. Maybe it is because this is Chelsea. This is the only answer I’m having.”
Chelsea are 8/13 to win on Monday night with Watford 21/4 and the draw priced at 3/1.
On team news for the game at Vicarage Road, Conte said the club will have to check the condition of new signing Olivier Giroud to see whether he could feature while he was hopeful that Willian would be fit.
Chelsea are 4/11 to finish the season in the top four of the Premier League.
Aside from the league, Chelsea are competing on two other fronts. They are in FA Cup fifth round action later this month, playing Championship side Hull City while they take on Barcelona over two legs in the Champions League round of 16.