Thursday 23 November 2017

'This season wasn’t easy for me' - Antonio Conte opens up on his family issues as he looks to the future

Chelsea's Antonio Conte outsmarted his coaching rivals to become a Premier League champion at the first attempt
Chelsea's Antonio Conte outsmarted his coaching rivals to become a Premier League champion at the first attempt
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ended the debate over his future at the club, by finally confirming he is making plans to move his family to England this summer.

Conte’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, with Inter Milan’s public pursuit of the manager who has won the Premier League title in impressive fashion in his first season at Chelsea fuelling the suspicion that he may be considering walking away from his post.

After less than convincing responses to questions over his plans for next season, Conte has revealed that he is now planning to have his wife and young daughter alongside him in London ahead of the start of his second season at the club.

Now he has confesses that his first season in England has been a huge personal challenge due to the separation from his family, Conte’s comments will come as a huge boost to Chelsea and their fans ahead of the title winning celebrations at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“Honestly, for sure this season wasn’t easy for me about my family because we decided, my wife and my daughter, they would stay in Italy to allow my daughter to finish school.

“But, for sure, next season our intention is to keep all the family in England and stay together.

“It will be a good opportunity, also, for my daughter to live in another country. To go to school in another country is a fantastic opportunity, and a great gift for her.

“We chose the school also last season, an Italian school, and this is the last problem. In England, and above all in London, there are wonderful schools for the kids.”

Conte has yet to decide whether he will commit to a new long-term contract at Chelsea, with talks over a new deal expected to get underway after next weekend’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.

“I still have two years on my contract,” he said added. “It’s very important to finish the season to be focused on our target.

“Then we have the FA Cup against Arsenal. Every single player, the coaches and the manager, we have the time to discuss with our club.

“Yeah, I repeat now it is more important to focus on these targets than a single person.”

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