Chelsea manager Antonio Conte still has support of the club

Chelsea football has thrown its support behind manager Antonio Conte despite recent reports of a dispute between the coach and the board.

Conte has not hidden his frustration at the lack of January signings and recently claimed he was a “disaster” at convincing the club to sign players.

“We want the best for our club and we have total confidence in the manager,” Steve Atkins who is the Chief Press Officer at Chelsea told Voice of Westminster

“We will continue to support our manager and buy the player we feel will help the club.”

Antonio Conte’s relationship with the Chelsea board strained over transfer dealing after they failed to bring in his long-term target Alex Sandro from Juventus and Roma forward Eden Dzeko who was high on his transfer list.

He recently declared that Chelsea was not in the right state to compete with teams like Manchester United and Liverpool to sign the best players in order to compete for the title.

After losing out on Vigil Van Dijk to Liverpool and Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, Chelsea eventually signed French forward Olivier Giroud who is expected to start against West Brom in this evenings Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea has won only twice in their last ten games and manager Antonio Conte will be hoping that win for his side tonight will ease the pressure and tension that has building rouns his team in recent times.

Quizzed if he could do a better job with the current players at his disposal Conte chose to rather re-affirmed his desire to continue working to improve them.

“My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect. In terms of their mentality also. And their desire, their will to fight, and all the tactical aspects,” he said.

“My task is this and, for this, I’m very good. But I think I’m a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy players. I think in this aspect I can improve a lot.

“I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect. I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good at persuading their clubs to spend money to buy top players. One way might be to stop improving the players I have … yes, you are not the first person to tell me this.”

Reports in Spain have suggested consistently that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already agreed on terms with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique to replace the Italian manager at the end of the season.

By Rahman Baba Osman

Sub editor Lisa Leroux

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