Antonio Conte dismisses AC Milan job link

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has snubbed speculation over a move to AC Milan by insisting that he is concentrated on his job in hand at Stamford Bridge. The 48-year-old had been under immense pressure prior to Sunday’s game versus Manchester United, which the Blues won by a 1-0 scoreline.

Following the victory, Conte was once again posed a question on the Rossoneri link, to which he replied: “Milan? Leave it out. We’re trying to stay concentrated, because it’s a tough run from here to the end of the season. I am only concentrated on Chelsea and purely want to do what is best for Chelsea.”

The Blues are now just one point adrift of second-placed Manchester United, but they still have a significant gap to leaders Manchester City, who hold a nine-point advantage after 11 games into the season. The Blues had initially struggled to come to tabs with the absence of Nemanja Matic, who left for Manchester United in the summer, but Conte appears to have now found the balance after he played a three-man midfield including N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, and Tiemoue Bakayoko last weekend.

Chelsea have one of the lightest squads in the top-flight, but they have still managed to stay competitive owing to the standard of players in their first-team squad. The likes of Michy Batshuayi and Danny Drinkwater are no more than regular substitutes’ from the bench, and this exhibits the quality they possess with the limited bunch of players.

Meanwhile, the Rossoneri have also dismissed talks over a move for Antonio Conte with sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli citing the club’s faith in manager Vincenzo Montella. The Italian has endured a tough second season with the famous old club, but he is still being backed to achieve a Champions League qualification spot. Milan are currently nine points behind fourth-placed Lazio, who have an extra game to play.