Conte slams exit remors and revails future grand squad plan

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes he deserves more respect over what he achieved in his first season at Chelsea.
Antonio Conte
Appointed last summer following his tenure with the Italy national team, the former Juventus boss was tasked with restoring the Blues back to the pinnacle of English football after a disastrous 2015/16 campaign which saw the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

To his credit, Conte did exactly that. Winning the Premier League title in his debut season as well as leading the club back into the Champions League and the final of the FA Cup.

Despite winning eight out of their last 10 games in the league, Chelsea find themselves 14 points off early pace-setters Manchester City, but on a positive note they are into the last-16 of European football's elite club competition; Champions League and will face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup quarter-final this week and begin their FA Cup campaign next month away at Norwich City.

However, this hasn't stopped rumours that Conte will be replaced at the helm at the end of the season and he wants more respect for the impact he has already made at the club.
"Every day there is speculation about my future," he said, as reported by the Telegraph. "It's not right because I think I deserve a bit of respect for what I did last season, for what I am doing this season.

"To read every week: ‘Next season the club contacts this coach or this coach’ - for me this is not a problem but it can create problems with the players because the players believe we could [drift] apart.
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 "I have another year on my contract, so in this moment my focus is total, to improve my players, to try to improve the team, to try to improve the club.
"If you understand a bit [about] football there is a moment you must have great patience, to know that someone is working very well.

"I think last season we did a fantastic job but this job is continuing this season.
 "We are trying to change the average age of our team. I think for a club like Chelsea it is very important to start to do this, if you want to create a new base and face the future with confidence."

The Blues, who beat Southampton 1-0 at the weekend thanks to Marcos Alonso's brilliant free-kick, welcome the Cherries to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night before facing an resurgent Everton side at Goodison Park in their final game before Christmas.

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