Antonio Conte could leave Chelsea to become Italy manager again

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"[Roberto] Mancini was in Rome but we didn't contact him, Conte seems eager to wear the national shirt again, [Carlo] Ancelotti opens and closes the door and [Claudio] Ranieri isn't out either". The worst defeat of the Conte era has come at the worst possible time, compounding a stuttering start to 2018 just as Liverpool and Tottenham look resurgent and adding another layer to the tension between the Chelsea board and their increasingly outspoken head coach.

"I'm not happy a bit, it's not important", a clearly disgruntled Conte said.

The Italian has struggled in his second season at the club and looks to be in a hard position with Roman Abramovich. "Now, however, we will evaluate what to do together with Costacurta".

The Italian has repeatedly complained of Chelsea's failure to sign world-class players, further fuelling speculation he won't remain in charge at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.

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They face Watford on Monday where another defeat could spell the end for Conte. The only thing I can say is I have 18 months of contract with Chelsea, and my will and desire is to stay here and continue our work. "My desire is to respect this contract", he told reporters.

Antonio Conte insists he has no desire to break his Chelsea contract amid speculation linking with a return to managing Italy. This season, the situation has always been the same, with a lot of pressure, and I don't understand why, always around me.

"As you know very well as I repeated the same concept during the market, I gave my opinion to the club and they made the best decision". I'm not interested in this. We know very well the difficulty we are in and may have in the future. We must be prepared to fight and ready to do this. Olivier is coming back from a muscular injury.

He said: "We are starting to work with him but we have to check his physical condition". We are not talking about a young player. Also because I asked for this type of player, with this characteristics, from my club.

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