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Conte hits out at rumours of unrest in Blues' changing room

By Duncan Bech

Antonio Conte has described reports of unrest at Chelsea that cast doubt over his future as "b******t".

The furious Italian denies his reign has been undermined by players texting his former assistant Steve Holland to complain of his training methods and rejects a story that he will not see out the remaining 20 months of his contract.

Speculation has linked the board with a move for Carlo Ancelotti, but Chelsea's indignant boss has accused his critics of showing a "lack of respect".

"Around us there is a lot of b******t. If I look at the past, I see it happened with other managers. A lot of b******t," Conte said. "They try to create problems between me, the club and the players.

"This is a lack of respect. I can accept it being written that the club is ready to sack me and can accept the story with the players.

"I can accept this but to put another person in this way is incorrect and it is not good that this person has to send me a message to tell me, 'I'm sorry but this is not true. If you want me to do an interview I am ready'.

"If someone is happy to write this and make the newspaper more interesting then continue, but don't put another person in."

Chelsea ended a run of three games without a win with a 4-2 Premier League victory over Watford last Saturday, defeated Everton 2-1 in the Carabao Cup and now face Bournemouth today.

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