Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is not worried about his future at the Stamford Bridge even if they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.
The Premier League defending champions were beaten in front of their home fans on Sunday by Tottenham Hotspur – a result that further deepens their chances of playing in Europe’s top tier championship next term.
Alvaro Morata opened scoring for the Blues in the game through a Victor Moses assist, but goals from Christian Eriksen and Christian Eriksen ensured Spurs came out victorious in that encounter.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s defeat to the Lilywhites ended their 28-year dominance on the north London, while they trail them by eight points with seven matches to end this season.
Conte admitted after their disappointing defeat that finishing among the top four on the log this season is now looking very unlikely.
However, the Italian born manager claims he is not aware of what the club’s executives are planning, insisting that getting his players ready for match days remains his priority.
When asked if his future was in jeopardy if Chelsea finish out of the Champions League spots, he said: “I don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t know about this, but we didn’t speak about a project.
“I don’t know, you have to ask the club, not me. I repeat, my task is to work, and I know that I work, 24 hours, for Chelsea, me and my staff.
“This is our task. Then the club has to take the decision. But I repeat, I am not worried about this.”
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes the former Juventus manager will step down as the Blues boss at the end of this season.
The Italian tactician lamented all season long about how his employers failed to back him up with the players he would have loved to bring to the club last summer.
“I don’t think he’s going to be here next season,” he said on the Gary Neville Podcast. “We’ve thought it for six or seven months.”
And that’s not because we don’t want him here, or we don’t think he’s done a great job, it’s just the nature of the job here. It’s such that when you have a season slightly worse than before, you go.”
Conte won the Premier League in his first season at the Stamford Bridge last season, but reverse is the case this term, as they are struggling to keep up with top teams, while they have crashed out of other competitions except the FA Cup.