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Conte wants Chelsea to quell rumours on his future

Antonio Conte has called for public backing from Chelsea in order to quash constant speculation about his future as manager.

The Italian won the Premier League title in his first year in England but there have been persistent rumours about his job being under threat this season due to the Blues' indifferent form.

Conte - linked with managing Italy - has repeatedly expressed his desire to honour the remaining 18 months of his contract.

"Maybe I'd like that the club prepare a statement for me to tell (the media), 'I trust in his job, I trust in his work'," said Conte, ahead of tonight's trip to Watford.

"But at the same time I know that in the past it never happened, this, and for this reason why would I hope for something different?

"For sure, I think I'd like to have a statement to support against this speculation."

Chelsea have failed to mount a defence of their title and travel to Vicarage Road 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City following last Wednesday's humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

After losing to Arsenal in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, their only hopes of silverware come in the Champions League and the FA Cup, while they face a fight to secure a top-four league finish.

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