Antonio Conte is aiming for a prolonged tenure as Chelsea manager, saying that he would ideally like to see the club take occupancy of the proposed rebuilt Stamford Bridge.
Conte led Chelsea to Premier League glory in his first season at the helm. He also signed an improved contract following the victory, but did not agree to extending its term. His current deal with the London club expires in 2019.
Regardless, the Italian insists that he is committed to the club, who have obtained planning permission to rebuild Stamford Bridge but have not yet made a final decision on whether to do so or not.
If Conte were to still be in charge upon completion of the proposed rebuilding, he would be club owner Roman Abramovich’s longest-serving manager.
“I want to break this bad record. I must be positive,” Conte told reporters. “When you start a job with a new club, I hope to stay in this club for many years.
“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.”
If Chelsea do decide to implement the project, they will need to emulate Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and temporarily switch their home ground to Wembley.
“For sure it’s not the same when you play not in your stadium. It’s different,” Conte said of the prospect. “But if you want to have another good step to improve the club, you must have this type of situation.”