Antonio Conte says FA Cup final will be his last game for Chelsea ... for this season, at least

Speculation is rife the match will be Conte's last after two years as head coach

Friday 18 May 2018 13:53
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Antonio Conte could leave the club this summer
Antonio Conte could leave the club this summer

Antonio Conte has refused to offer assurances over his future with Chelsea ahead of their FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Speculation is rife the match will be Conte's last after two years as head coach.

Chelsea have underperformed this season, finishing fifth in the Premier League and missing out on a spot in next season’s Champions League, with Saturday’s final their last remaining opportunity to salvage something from a disappointing campaign.

And the Italian was giving little away as he said: “I can tell for sure this will be my last match this season. For me and my players it will be the last game, for us.

“Then, as you know very well, I have a contract and I'm committed to the club.”

When asked if he expected it to be a summer of change at Stamford Bridge, Conte added: “I don't know.

“For sure I think we must be focused on tomorrow's game. For us this game is very important because we have, in a difficult season, to finish the season with a trophy.

“It's always important for the players, for the coach, for the manager, for our fans, for the club, to finish the season with a trophy.

“We're focused on this target. We have to try to do everything to win the game tomorrow.”

Emerson is still struggling with injury (Getty )

The Chelsea boss would only confirm that left-back Emerson was an absentee for the showpiece against Manchester United at Wembley.

“I don't want to give you the starting XI,” he said. “Tomorrow you will see. We have only Emerson out. And then no news about injuries.”

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