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How long Antonio Conte is planning to stay as Chelsea boss

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Despite winning the Premier League in his first season at the club, the pressure has been on Antonio Conte all summer for numerous reasons.

He’s perhaps responsible for the whole Diego Costa saga kicking off in the manner it did; sending the Spain international a text message that he was surplus to requirements and didn’t feature in his plans.

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Now, Costa is currently AWOL in Brazil and has no plans to return to training, claiming Atletico Madrid is the only club he will play for.

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Fans have been left frustrated too, primarily because the champions have failed to create any major waves in the summer transfer window.

They missed out on Romelu Lukaku and have since brought in in Willy Caballero, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Alvero Morata, while Nemanja Matic was surprisingly sold to Manchester United.

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It’s clear that there’s a dark cloud over Stamford Bridge right now, and a lot can be done to improve the mood which wasn’t helped by the 3-2 opening day loss to Burnley at home.

So, with all of this going on, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Conte’s future in west London has been under the microscope lately, especially when you consider the managerial record of Roman Abramovich.

The Russian billionaire has hired 10 different managers during his 14-year spell as owner of the club, with both Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink enjoying two spells in charge of Chelsea.

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Conte is aware of the bad managerial record at Stamford Bridge, and has revealed that he plans on remaining in charge of the club while the ground undergoes development.

With the delays, it means Stamford Bridge’s transformation into a 60,000-seater stadium won’t be completed until 2022, and that's quite ambitious considering how long managers tend to stay in charge under Abramovich.

According to the London Evening Standard, the former Juventus boss claimed: “I want to break this bad record. I must be positive.

“When you start a job with a new club, I hope to stay in this club for many years. It means you have the possibility to work with the same players, to improve these players and years by years.

“Why not? I hope because this could be a fantastic challenge for me and also for the club, to stay together and also to play with this team in a new stadium.

"Honestly, the new stadium will be great, but I love a lot Stamford Bridge, also to play in the stadium. I feel Stamford Bridge is like my house."

This will be good news for Chelsea fans, as it’s probably the type of uplifting comments they needed to hear after a tough summer of uncertainty and doubt.

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