Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Conte's future in doubt as Chelsea face top-four woe

However, Conte is not anxious about his future with the Blues and has insisted that his team will need to go out and win their game against Newcastle to try and get a Champions League place next season.

There is serious speculation that the Italian will leave Stamford Bridge, after the FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Liverpool host Brighton and Hove Albion, while Chelsea travel to Newcastle United as the English top flight draws to a close on Sunday.

Amd when quizzed if Sunday's defeat was his last Premier League game in charge of Chelsea, Conte said: "I have a contract and I am committed to this club".

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"This is the best league in the world and to compete with so many teams and clubs that are very strong, it is always a great chance that you have". "Then we don't know, at the end of the season, if we have friendly games".

"It won't be easy because a Champions League place is not in our hands, but we have to try and get three points against Newcastle and hope for something positive for us", he told the club's official website.

Chelsea's transfer strategy last summer was heavily criticised with Conte himself believed to be unhappy and many feel it could be even more troublesome to attract players without Champions League football this time around.

"[It's been] a fantastic experience for me", Conte said.

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"As you know very well, our job is very hard because [your job] is in the balance every day".

"Other people can judge our season and the problems [relating] to finish [ing] outside the top four".

"We have six days to prepare for the final of the FA Cup and we have to change".

The Spaniard took over at St James' Park towards the end of 2015-16 and, although he could not stave off relegation, the Magpies bounced back at the first attempt by claiming the Championship title.

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"Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season". At the beginning, we were thinking that the target was to stay up, and I can read about a lot of managers now saying, "Great because we are safe", but we were safe five games before, so that is fantastic.

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