Conte 'committed' to Chelsea, but…

Newcastle United fans at St James' Park

Away the lads Chelsea will hope a win at Newcastle can secure them an improbable Champions League spot

I have a contract and the club know very well the situation.

This fan said: "Can we sack Conte before FA Cup Final?"

"We are very lucky that the game was somewhat irrelevant in the end as Liverpool won, because if we had come off that pitch with that performance having thrown a Champions League spot away, it would have been extremely hard to take".

Newcastle sealed an impressive 10th place finish on their return to the top-flight thanks to two second-half goals from Ayoze Perez after Dwight Gayle opened the scoring before the interval.

Conte, whose uncertain future at the club is expected to be clarified before the end of the month, suggested at his pre-match news conference that missing out on the top four would not hurt the Blues, and his team evidently lacked the desire to make a fist of a late challenge.

"So I think it's the way forward".

"That's not an excuse, any other time I wouldn't be saying that, but we have a massive week now to prepare for a cup final which is very important for us".

Despite winning the title last term, it seems clear Conte will be leaving at the end of the season, a notion he barely challenged when asked if this was his Premier League swansong. "Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season". I'm waiting for the doctor but when it's impossible to play today, I have my doubts (for the Cup final).

Chelsea ended in fifth place, some five points behind Liverpool, and so will be playing in the Europa League next season rather than back among the elite clubs of European football.

'Next we will see. Speaking during an interview with Evening Standard said: "The smart money is on them hiring another of Europe's most established managers and giving him a decent budget to sign top-class players".

"If we want to achieve something, then we have to understand what we need to achieve that".

"We're still talking and we will see what happens".

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