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Friday 21 September 2018

Conte: I'm not leaving

Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea

Defiant: Conte
Defiant: Conte

A defiant Antonio Conte insisted he expects to remain Chelsea boss next season despite failing to qualify for the Champions League.

The Blues, who face Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday, saw their faint hopes of overhauling fourth-placed Liverpool on the final day of the Premier League season go up in smoke courtesy of a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle thanks to strikes from Dwight Gayle and a double from Ayoze Perez.

Speculation is rife that Conte will leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but asked if the final will be his last game in charge, he replied: "Do you think so? You have the news?

"No, I don't think so. For this season, for sure. Now we have to play the last game in the FA Cup and then, as you know very well because I am repeating always the same thing, I am committed to this club.

"For me, this is important, not speculation around me. It's not important. The most important thing is what the club thinks, not you or the speculation about me."

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