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Antonio Conte has confirmed Chelsea will make an announcement about his future once the season has ended.
Chelsea close out their season against Manchester United in the FA Cup final and Conte expects to hear news about his position after that game.
Conte’s tenure as Chelsea boss has been under threat for much of the season as the Italian has continually complained about the transfer policy and struggled to get the best out of his players.
The Chelsea board are thought to be actively searching for Conte’s replacement, but the current Blues boss does have another year to run on his current deal. He said:
‘There are only two weeks until this season will finish and you will know if there is a different situation, or if you see me again next season.
‘As I said before it is very difficult to comment on any speculations because there are speculations around me from the start of the season, after the first game against Burnley (a 3-2 home defeat).
‘I think you understood that this speculation is not important for me because my focus is only to work in the best possible way with my players. I am doing this from the start until the end
‘I am very focused on trying to finish the season in the best possible way and I try to transfer my will to my players, also because the fans deserve this.’
Chelsea will have pay Conte a healthy severance package should they dismiss their manager this summer, and the contract clause also means it’s unlikely Conte would ever resign.
The Blues play Huddersfield and Newcastle in their final Premier League games of the season with Champions League football still a possibility.
However, Conte’s side need Liverpool or Tottenham to drop points on the final day.