Too much being made of Chelsea's troubles - Conte

Chelsea executives told January signing incredible news about Antonio Conte

GETTYChelsea do not expect Antonio Conte to be in charge next season

Conte has repeatedly complained this season about his lack of input into the club's recruitment policy as tensions have risen with the Chelsea hierarchy.

"We realise it's a hard task when you see the fixtures we have coming up, hence why I say it will probably define our season", said Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.

Striker Alexis Sanchez and defender Virgil van Dijk were among the players linked to Chelsea in January, but they went to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.

"Now the most important thing is to be focused and to work to try to give the best this season - from me, from the players and from everyone here".

Chelsea executives told January signing incredible news about Antonio Conte
GETTYAntonio Conte faces an uncertain future at Chelsea

"I think it's an opportunity that the manager probably felt we could switch off from football for a few days and come back re-energised and re-focused for the job in hand, and I think it will be beneficial", added Cahill.

But he desperately needs a victory at home to struggling West Brom on Monday to keep Chelsea on track for the top four.

Chelsea have one win in their last five league games, their only success in that run being the 4-0 away win at Brighton nearly three weeks ago.

He told British media, "In my opinion, you continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him". I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect. "About mentality also, about the desire, the will to fight, and the tactical aspects. Yes. But I understand that we have to live with this pressure, and it's OK for me and my players".

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Hazard scored 16 goals in 36 games in the Premier League campaign to help the Blues to win the top-flight crown for the second time in three seasons.

Meanwhile, Conte admitted he is a big admirer of his potential successor Luis Enrique.

Antonio Conte, in fact, will be sacked by Chelsea in the summer and the Blues have identified Luis Enrique as the no.1 replacement for the Italian tactician who is expected to return to Italy in the summer.

"I don't know [how to improve]". When I was the coach of Juventus, he was Roma's coach. Yes.

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Silva is believed to be an attractive option as a caretaker boss due to the long-term targets - such as former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique - averse to starting out at Stamford Bridge in the middle of the season.

"Only through work can you reach a fantastic target like last season".

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