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Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Antonio Conte plays down exit talk, says future is at Chelsea

Antonio Conte plays down exit talk, says future is at Chelsea

Antonio Conte insists that his decision to recall Nathan Ake from Bournemouth was the right one, as Chelsea prepare to face Eddie Howe's side on Saturday.

Chelsea must play always in the Champions League, every season.

The Cherries boss signed the versatile 22-year-old on a season-long loan last summer and he impressed in 10 Premier League appearances for the club with three goals.

However, Pochettino was unfazed by his comments, explaining: "I didn't hear him say that but I can understand". I don't like when I listen to other people speaking for me and about me.

I don't know why, but I think that I can think that it's normal to try to involve my name in this situation, because I worked in Italy.

Premier League clubs paid 174 million pounds ($215.43 million) to agents in the past two transfer windows with Chelsea and Manchester City the biggest spenders, the FA said on Friday. "This is the truth".

Bournemouth will miss the services of Tyrone Mings who is serving his suspension while Callum Wilson, Andrew Surman and Adam Federeci are still out for the visit of the Blues.

Ryan Fraser is expected to start, having been on the bench at Anfield, while Tyrone Mings completes the final game of his five-match ban.

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Howe, though, knows all of that hard work can be quickly undone as his squad gear up for games against the league's top two sides, with a trip to White Hart Lane to follow next weekend. "We need to collect a few more points".

"We played with huge personality and not waiting". We were disappointed to lose three points at home to Palace but we recovered and coped really well.

With nine games remaining, Pochettino's second-placed team suddenly find themselves with a chance to put real pressure on Chelsea for the first time this season.

Kick off is at 17:30 BST on Saturday April 8.

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Antonio Conte's side ground out a barely deserved 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday just days after crashing to a shock 2-1 home defeat against struggling Crystal Palace.

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