'Committed' Conte will not walk out on Chelsea

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Mourinho and Conte have engaged in a public battle over the past few weeks, with the former aiming an erroneous dig at the Italian over match-fixing.

"For the manager of this club it's normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup", he said. It has been extraordinary. Conte is doing what Mourinho did.

Conte and Mourinho have been arguing since the Portuguese suggested his rival was a "clown" for being so animated on the touchline.

It was these motivation skills that pushed Chelsea towards the Premier League title in 2016/17, but with a full-strength Pep Guardiola now to contend with, it is clear that the London club need more than just that.

As the week unfolded, such details seemed to matter little as it was interpreted as an attack on Conte.

Antonio Conte had a narrow escape when high winds blew a glass table top off a roof terrace and on to his vehicle parked at Chelsea's Surrey training base.

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But the Turin side will be desperate not to let such a successful manager escape their grasp, and Chelsea would have to find a huge compensation package to get their man. A gust became a storm.

Atkins was reportedly left "shaken" by the near miss, but suffered no injuries when the table top collided with the Chelsea coach's vehicle. The Italian was exonerated in May 2016.

"In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you", said Conte.

Should Chelsea end the season trophyless then Conte could well decide it's time to leave, although the choice may not even be his with the aforementioned Corriere dello Sport reporting that a deal for his successor is already in place... "That never happened to me and it will never happen". Gennaro Gattuso is by no means guaranteed to remain in his post as Milan boss either, meaning there may be an opening at San Siro for the former Juve man.

"At the general level what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board, the owners, we don't believe a lot in the January market".

Asked if more could be read into their conversation, Conte added: "No, not other situation or other conversation".

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