Antonio Conte wants public vote of confidence as doubts grow over his Chelsea future

Antonio Conte wants a public vote of confidence from Roman Abramovich to end the constant uncertainty over his position.

And the Chelsea head coach, who has waged a war of words against the club’s transfer policy, indicated he would be willing to talk about a ­contract ­extension in the summer.

Conte takes the defending ­champions to Watford tonight with pressure mounting after last week’s home humiliation against ­Bournemouth.

The Blues have won only one Premier League game in four and are out of the Carabao Cup.

Abramovich, who has been in London this week, has sacked five coaches in mid-season.
Napoli’s ­Maurizio Sarri this weekend became the latest name linked with the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

Conte said: “I must be honest, when there are these type of rumours or speculation after the first game of the season against Burnley, maybe I’d like the club to prepare a statement to say they trust me in my work and my job.

“But, at the same time, I know this never happened in the past, so why should I hope for something different?

“But, for sure, I’d like to have a ­statement of support against this ­speculation. The challenge is that, in the past, this never happened.

“So it’s a big challenge to change the approach now. But, for sure, I’d be glad. You only have one person to speak (to make this happen).”

The only time ­Chelsea gave public backing to a ­manager was in October 2015 – and Jose ­Mourinho was sacked two months later, ­having signed a new four-year contract in the August after winning the title.

Conte agreed improved terms after his title triumph but did not extend the terms beyond 2019.

The former Juventus boss claimed he did not want to be “opportunistic” by demanding a contract extension now but added: “We’re doing the maximum for this club.

"If the club understands this and the club wants to extend a new contract, we can talk.
"Why not? My desire and my will are to continue to work with this club.”

Conte has seen Manchester City spend more on Aymeric Laporte than the three players Chelsea signed in January

“If you compare it to the past, the situation has totally changed,” he said. “You have to understand that only through a great work, a big work, can you go and try to be closer to these teams who maybe don’t have this type of financial problems.

“I think a club like Chelsea must have more patience than other teams. To try to work together with the players and understand you need patience. Last season, we did something incredible. This season is showing this.”

Ross Barkley is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury in training – the eighth hamstring victim of the season – but Willian, David Luiz and new ­signing Olivier Giroud are added to the squad for the trip to Watford.


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