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Chelsea future out of my hands, says Conte

Antonio Conte has publicly discussed Chelsea's failure in the transfer market this season. Credit: PA

Antonio Conte says it is up to Chelsea whether he stays at the club or not.

The Italian won the Premier League title last term, in his first season as head coach with the Blues, who play Leicester on Saturday.

Conte signed an improved contract last summer, but it was not an extension to his deal which still expires in June 2019, and there has been continual speculation over his position.

He said: "I have another year of (my) contract with this club. But as you know very well everything is possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job."

Asked if he would extend his contract with Chelsea, Conte added: "In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away."

He added: "For the manager of this club it's normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup. This is the history of this club for the manager.

"I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. (But) there is something strange if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn't happen."

Conte insisted he is happy at Chelsea, will continue to work as a professional and will "never give up".