Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told official club media sources that he will be staying at Stamford Bridge despite overseeing a faltering defence of the club’s English Premier League title this term.

The Blues are 18 points adrift of runaway league leaders Manchester City with just 13 games left to play and the speculation surrounding Chelsea boss Conte’s future again increased this week after his side fell to an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth.

Conte signed a three-year deal with Chelsea when he was appointed the club’s new boss in summer 2016. The Italian has regularly been linked with a return to management in his homeland during his time in SW6 however Conte has again insisted that he is going nowhere and that he fully expects to see out his contract with The Blues.

The 48-year-old has an excellent managerial record which has seen him win 58.6% of his matches at both club and international levels combined. During his time at former club Juventus, Conte guided The Old lady to no less than three Serie A titles, winning 102 of his 152 matches in charge in the process.

Conte’s time at Chelsea has been impressive with the former midfielder taking well to the English game. Last season’s, relatively simple English Premier League title success is yet to be followed up with silverware this term but with Chelsea still in both the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup, the season is far from over.