29 October, 2017
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has termed stories over his future at the club "bullsh**t" and is not pleased that Steve Holland's has been dragged into it. However, despite these reports and his side's patchy form, Conte says that this season hasn't been as hard as his first year in west London.
"They try to create problems for me and the players".
"But if someone is happy to write this..."
"This is a lack of respect".
"And then this person has to send me a message and say "it's not true".
"Why? Why put another person in this b******t".
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The story, published by Martin Lipton earlier this week, claimed that unnamed Chelsea players had been texting Holland to discuss their deteriorating relationship with Conte.
It had been thought that Kante could be set to make a return for Chelsea's trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday evening. He's working very well and he's understanding this football and what I want from him.
But free-scoring leaders Manchester City also won on Saturday - beating West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns - ensuring they remain nine points clear of Conte's men, having made the best-ever start to a Premier League season after 10 games.
Wrapped up warm in their team tracksuits the Blues took in the sights of Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens a couple of miles away from the Vitality Stadium. Their position is not right on the table.
The 2016-17 PFA Player of the Year is to miss a fifth game on the bounce when the Blues travel to the Vitality Stadium due to a hamstring injury picked up on worldwide duty with France earlier this month.
"We must have a great respect for them".