Antonio Conte insists he remains committed to Chelsea – but has reminded the club he is a “serial winner” who will not change.
Conte’s Chelsea finished a fractious campaign on a high note as Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty at Wembley saw them beat Manchester United 1-0 to win the FA Cup.
Speculation has been rife that this would be Conte’s final game in charge at Stamford Bridge, whatever the result, and while celebrating the triumph, the Italian took the opportunity to remind the Chelsea hierarchy of his achievements in a “difficult” season.
“This season was very difficult for many reasons,” Conte said. “I predicted difficulties at the start of the season but we finished fifth and we won the FA Cup.
“To miss a place in the Champions League is not good for a club like Chelsea. We must be honest to say this but, at the same time, I think you have to know the real situation – that this group of players did their best.
“To finish this season and win an important trophy like this shows great commitment and desire to finish the season in the right way despite the difficulties.
“Even in a difficult season, I showed I am a serial winner.”