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Chelsea boss Conte committed to Premier League leaders Blues amid Inter Milan link

Date Posted,April 5, 2017

Antonio Conte insists he is committed to Chelsea despite Inter Milan’s interest.

Conte has led the Blues to a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League in his debut season.

The 47-year-old former Juventus and Italy head coach has been linked with a move to Inter after impressing in his first season in England, which could yet end with a league and cup double.

Conte signed a three-year contract a year ago before taking up his position last July, and is adamant this is just the start of his career at Stamford Bridge.

Conte has helped Chelsea into a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League (Photo: REUTERS)
Conte has rebuffed Inter’s advances (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Conte told Sky Sport Italia: “Now we are fighting hard. We’re trying to finish this season by achieving something great and unexpected.

“Then we will certainly try to build something great together.”

Asked if that meant next season, Conte said: “Yes, for the next season.”

Chelsea lead the Premier League by seven points from Tottenham – their FA Cup semi-final opponents later this month – and need 18 more to mathematically be certain of the title.

Conte told his players they will have to win six of their remaining eight games to clinch the title – after beating Manchester City this week.

Conte only joined the Blues at the beginning of the season (Photo: REUTERS)
Conte won the Serie A three times with Juve
Juventus’ French midfielder Paul Labile Pogba (L) celebrates with coach Antonio Conte. File Image 2013 (Photo: Getty)

He said: “A big win for us. For sure, it’s a good win. Tottenham’s result is important, but the most important results is ours. We have to continue to think like this.

“The only message I have given them is that Tottenham must win eight games. So we must make six wins and take 18 points. If we do this, we will win the title.

“If we don’t do that, it will have been a good season, but not a ‘good’ season.

“This is the best way for us (to think). For us to win at this part of the season against City is great. But we have to think about the next game. We took three points today, and Tottenham took three points the same.”

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