Antonio Conte: 'I would like public vote of confidence from Chelsea'

Conte was keen to disassociate himself with a return to the Italy job

Conte was keen to disassociate himself with a return to the Italy job Tony O'Brien Action Images Via Reuters

"A new Italy coach is fundamental, but many forget that there are several options who are under contract, so it's hard to really talk about it right now".

"I could have stayed, but I needed some solutions to get back in".

"I don't know this".

"You can see the other teams are working very hard, very strong to improve their squads", Conte added. It's not simple, not simple.

Conte insists that he is expecting to see out his contract at the club, despite the Italian FA considering offering him a return to the national team.

"For sure it would be very hard". "If you compare to the other clubs, we have fewer injuries", he said.

This is why he said he would not mind a public statement to quieten speculation.

"Maybe I'd like that the club prepare a statement to tell the media, "I trust in his job, I trust in his work". I know him.every speculation in England, I don't know where it arrived from. I think I'll have to move quickly.

"So it's a big challenge to change the approach now". But I'd be glad.

The agitated Italian has been at it again this week following the club's woeful 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth, and said as quoted by the Telegraph: "We have to struggle to fight for a Champions League place - that is top. We are not rushed for time, but we have to start moving and go talk with them as soon as possible".

The fact that the Italian had to field questions about his future shortly after Chelsea's loss to Burnley on the opening day of the season jarred at the time, and the performances and results that followed - while not without setbacks - provided his most powerful riposte.

"I don't want to exploit".

"I had an offer from Dortmund, but they wanted a loan". It's not right, not right.

"In this case, the value of the coach is important". In the same way, with the players.

"You look at those players, Giroud is there to play as a single striker, Zappacosta wing back, Marcos Alonso wing back, David Luiz one of a back three". The speculation has been on this season, and many players answered this question, that "we don't want to repeat what happened in the past". Our average age is very low now, don't forget.

"For sure, you have to change your plan, your work". You have to try to dream. We must have great patience to understand the moment. "This season is showing this". Mancini, for example, is under contract and so we need to understand who we can talk to. "To buy is only one part of the problem".

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