Conte denies Italy reports

Peter Castro
October 15, 2017

Few things go together as well as worldwide breaks and baseless speculation, especially when said speculation actually has some basis to build on (thus technically making them not baseless, just sensationalist), such as the speculation surrounding Antonio Conte's Chelsea future.

Conte, whose champions are at rock-bottom Crystal Palace today, said: "For me to have my family with me is very important".

"As you know very well we have three injured players", Conte said during his pre-match press conference on Friday. "All I said was that one day in the future I would like to go back to Italy". I don't see a problem. I have two years of my contract and I am happy to work at this club.

Conte also hit back at reports he could leave Stamford Bridge for family reasons.

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Last season was very hard for my wife because she divided her life between Italy to stay with our daughter and me in London. I like to have this great feeling with our fans, our supporters.

Conte now has his wife, Elisabetta, and his daughter, Vittoria, by his side after the pair moved into a house close to the club's Cobham training ground in the summer.

"But when you have had a rest [in the summer] after one month you want to work because football is a drug".

The other off-field issue that clouded Chelsea's worldwide break was academy youngster Charly Musonda's decision to vent his frustration at a lack of first-team opportunities this season with an Instagram post that was widely seen before being deleted. We don't have a similar player with the same characteristics. After two years on loan and a good experience with Borussia Monchengladbach, he is here and ready to play with Chelsea.

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