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Conte: I won't do another year at Chelsea without family

by 20/05/2017 06:48:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Antonio Conte led Chelsea to Premier League title in his first season in charge 
  • Former Italy manager planning to move his family to London during the season 
  • Champions Chelsea face relegated Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday  

By Rory Keane for MailOnline

Published: 11:17 BST, 20 May 2017 | Updated: 11:48 BST, 20 May 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had a stellar first year in charge at Stamford Bridge but insists his family are the No 1 priority ahead of next season. 

Conte led the Blues to a stunning Premier League triumph at the first time of asking and with Inter Milan hoping to lure the Italian back to Serie A with a big-money offer, Chelsea are keen to reward him with a new deal.

Conte left his wife, Elisabetta, and daughter, Vittoria, at home in Italy when he took up the top job at Stamford Bridge and wants them to move to London during the summer.  

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte takes in a lap of honour following his side's win over Watford 
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte takes in a lap of honour following his side's win over Watford 

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte takes in a lap of honour following his side's win over Watford 

Conte's wife, Elisabetta, was left in tears as Chelsea supporters chanted her husband's name 
Conte's wife, Elisabetta, was left in tears as Chelsea supporters chanted her husband's name 

Conte's wife, Elisabetta, was left in tears as Chelsea supporters chanted her husband's name 

The Contes and their daughter, Vittoria, celebrate another Serie A title with Juventus in 2013 
The Contes and their daughter, Vittoria, celebrate another Serie A title with Juventus in 2013 

The Contes and their daughter, Vittoria, celebrate another Serie A title with Juventus in 2013 

'My objective is to lay the foundations so Chelsea can continue to win,' Conte told La Repubblica newspaper.

'This is already a big club, but it's inconsistent. They won the Champions League, then went out in the first round. They won the Premier League and then finished 10th. Chelsea need to find stability at the top.

'I will speak to Roman Abramovich soon.'

Conte is launched into the air by his players as they celebrated their Premier League title win 
Conte is launched into the air by his players as they celebrated their Premier League title win 

Conte is launched into the air by his players as they celebrated their Premier League title win 

'It's not all happiness and light. The arrival was, but the journey wasn't. With my wife Elisabetta in January we decided that Vittoria would finish school in Turin, even if she was already registered to start in London.

'However, if I am to stay, then they will come and stay with me. It will be a great opportunity for my daughter to live in a foreign country. I'll tell you one thing for sure, I won't have another year on my own.'

The former Italy and Juventus boss rejuvenated a Chelsea side in disarray following their 10th-place finish last season. 

Conte brought infectious enthusiasm, new training and nutrition methods as well as a new 3-4-3 formation that brought out the best in the Londoners.  

Chelsea are keen to reward Conte with a new deal after a stunning first year in charge 
Chelsea are keen to reward Conte with a new deal after a stunning first year in charge 

Chelsea are keen to reward Conte with a new deal after a stunning first year in charge 

'The lads accepted new methods: very intense training sessions, the diet, the video analysis and importance of details,' he added.

'I feel fortified. I remain intransigent in my work, but I am more flexible. I learned to turn a blind eye to certain things, like players eating scrambled eggs before a game… You have to accept the traditions of a country.

'You also need to speak the language, out of respect. I had studied it at school, but had a two-week intensive course. Learning English felt like climbing a mountain: with strong motivation, nothing is insurmountable.

'The language is irrelevant if you don't know how to transmit emotion: many university professors are not good teachers.'

Champions Chelsea welcome relegated Sunderland to Stamford Bridge for their final Premier League game of the season on Sunday.   

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