Antonio Conte dismisses fresh reports he wants to leave Chelsea

However, while it spells bad news for Montella, it certainly does open up a few options for Antonio Conte, who has already admitted that he would like to return back home to Italy at some point.

The Italian is committed to the champions until 2019 but appeared to fuel speculation of an earlier departure with a recent interview in Italy in which he was quoted as saying: 'Not a doubt in my mind that I will be home before long'. Last season, honestly, I suffered a lot because when you arrive in a new country and you are alone and know that your family don't stay here it is not simple.

"For two weeks I am reading wrong things".

Conte signed an upgraded two-year contract at Chelsea in the summer, but it was not an extension of the original three-year deal he agreed when he joined the club in 2016.

"You have a plan and you try to prepare the team and before the players start to play in the game they know the situation that I want to happen and they understand if we need to change".

'I like to have this great feeling with our fans, our supporters and I don't see problems. My daughter is going to school here. "At the same time, I always say our job is hard and is unusual". "When [you] want to write something it is important to write the truth and my family stays here, not in Italy".

"I always felt I would do this, that this would be my life", he told GQ. He was my first coach, my first owner, my first kit man. "He has to continue to work in this way and for sure the opportunity will come". After two years on loan and a good experience with Borussia Monchengladbach, he is here and ready to play with Chelsea. We don't have another player with the same characteristics.

  • Angelo Rivera