Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini gives insight into the future of Antonio Conte as Chelsea Manager

Former Chelsea goalkeeper and current first team coach Carlo Cudicini has declared Blues boss Antonio Conte one of the best coaches in world football and believes, at the moment, the Italian will honour his contract. Speculation has been rife over the future of the ex-Juventus boss after a season where the west London side didn't qualify for the Champions League. Beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final has not quietened the rumours of Maurizio Sarri taking the helm at Stamford Bridge and the sense Conte's relationship with the Blues hierarchy has been troubled since last summer remains. Nevertheless Cudicini defended his compatriot's record and expects Conte to stay until his contract expires. Speaking at the club's Asian star initiative, the former glovesman said: "He said it many times in press conference, it is part of his job. Being a manager of such a big club means sometimes you have to deal with speculation and gossip and I think it's been a very difficult season for him but I think he did a good job and the fact we managed to win a trophy. Transfers live: Arsenal transfer boost, Manchester United departure, Seri release clause "It is not up to me but the manager has another year on his contract, has committed to the league, to the club. I think at the moment this is the situation. "This is a club that the last 15/16 years has won so many trophies. The last two years under Antonio we've had fantastic seasons. "The first year we won the Premier League, this year we manager to get the FA Cup. Remember we started this season for four trophies with many teams trying to get them, the fact that you manage to get one of the four is a fantastic job." Cudicini returned to Chelsea shortly after Conte was appointed as head coach in July 2016. The 44-year-old worked as goalkeeper coach for the Republic of Ireland u23 side before becoming first team coach and club Ambassador with the Blues. The move has enabled him to thrive in a new vocation and afforded him the opportunity to learn from one of the best. Cudicini said: Yes, it is obviously a different situation compared to when I was a player. Obviously still part of football, but it is a different job. "Antonio is one of the best coaches in the world and has been very successful. He managed this season to win another trophy after the league last year. "To move to a different country and such a difficult country, with top players top managers, you know it just confirms his calibre."

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