Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he is “happy” at the club despite speculation his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich has become strained.
Conte, 48, guided the Blues to the Premier League title last season and they currently sit third this term, 15 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Abramovich is reportedly angry that the Italian has said he did not choose the club’s signings this season.
“I would be very happy to continue to work with my players,” said Conte.
“I’m happy to try every day to put all myself for this job. I would be very happy if there are some new players.
“I’m repeating always the same thing – I’m the coach. My task is to try to do the best for this club, to try to improve my players for this club.”
On Wednesday, following Chelsea’s EFL Cup defeat against Arsenal, Conte told reporters the club “decides every single player” of their transfer policy.
The comments led to reports the former Juventus manager is vulnerable in his position and that his assistant Carlo Cudicini is acting as a messenger between the Italian and the board.