Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hits out at Gianluca Vialli claims

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hits out at Gianluca Vialli claims

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hits out at Gianluca Vialli claims

"I have a contract for this club, I'm working very hard for this club".

Frank Leboeuf has suggested the Chelsea players have already given up in order to get Antonio Conte out of the door as quickly as possible.

Antonio Conte has been deeply hurt by Chelsea's disastrous title defence and admits a season fraught with difficulties has given him sleepless nights. "He is a friend but he is a journalist and I have great respect for him but I can tell you I'm not talking [to him] since one year".

But, ahead of Chelsea's London derby meeting with West Ham on Sunday, Conte hit back by claiming he has not spoken to Vialli for some time.

"All season I have been listening to speculation about my future".

Former Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli, a long-time friend and former teammate of Conte during their time together at Juventus made the comments on Sky Sports Italia after the Blues disappointing 3-1 defeat to Tottenham last week. When I go home I know that I am giving everything.

With only seven games remaining, Conte's two-year reign at Stamford Bridge looks set to finish with his departure at the end of the season, with widespread reports Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering moves for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Juventus chief Max Allegri.

The Italian manager is expected to leave at the end of the season and Leboeuf feels the fans have been disrespected by both Conte and the players. "The other speculation is not true".

"It was tragic news for us". He is trying to give his opinion and this is his opinion, it is not my opinion.

The Blues boss spoke passionately about the club's former captain.

Following this, Conte called upon his players to show, "pride, desire and a will to fight" in our chase for the top four, as "our supporters deserve this".

"The people who stay very close to me they know very well my intentions; to stay, to stay here, to continue my job here", he added.

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