Tiemoue Bakayoko will be disappointed if Conte leaves Chelsea –

Tiemoue Bakayoko will be disappointed if Conte leaves Chelsea –

Tiemoue Bakayoko says he will be “disappointed” if Antonio Conte steps down as Chelsea manager.

The 48-year-old Italian coach is currently serving his second season at Stamford Bridge, with his present deal set to expire following the culmination of the 2018/19 campaign.

A serial winner at Juventus, he marked his first season in charge of the Blues by winning the Premier League. However, their championship defence has disappointed, amid reports of friction between Conte and the Chelsea board.

As a consequence of this reported lack of support, there’s speculation he could be leaving which Bakayoko – who joined the club from Ligue 1 champions Monaco last summer – does not want to see happen.

“I don’t really pay attention to that,” he told Sky Sports.

“He’s never said that he might leave and he’s always extremely focused on winning, on doing well in the season.

“As a player, I would be disappointed [if he leaves]. We all like working with the coach and having this relationship in the long-term.

“I’ve been working with him for a year and I’ve progressed a lot under him but it’s really up to the club management, up to him and his entourage but he hasn’t said anything.”

Conte at the Bridge

After guiding his native Italy to a quarter-final finish at Euro 2016, the Lecce-born coach began his new job as Chelsea manager.

To date, he has overseen 104 matches in all competitions, registering 69 victories. This gives him 66.3 win %, while he has suffered 20 defeats overall.

Under him, the Blues, who clinched the 2016/17 Premier League and reached that season’s FA Cup final only to be defeated by Arsenal, have registered 217 goals (one every 43 minutes) and conceded just 106 (1.02 per game).

With this season drawing to a close, Chelsea – who can look forward to yet another FA Cup final against Manchester United on 19 May – have a battle on their hands to finish in the Champions League places.

They currently sit in fifth place, but they can leapfrog fourth place Liverpool, if Jurgen Klopp’s men lose to Brighton & Hove Albion at home and Chelsea leave St James’ Park with all three points.