Conte considered Chelsea exit but aims to 'build something important'

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The Blues manager was linked with a return to Inter after guiding his side to the league title, but has committed his future to the London outfit

Antonio Conte says he considered leaving Chelsea after winning the Premier League, but stayed to "build something important" with the club.

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The Blues boss had been linked with a return to Italy after just one season at Stamford Bridge and warned in May he did not want to be separated from his family for long.

Conte signed a new contract which did not extend his commitment to the London side, but he revealed that, after a tough debut year in England, he and the board are now on the right path.

“My family is very ­important. It will show my ­commitment with the club, with this project as I try to build something important," he said, as quoted by The Mirror.

“I must be honest, last season was very tough, it was very strong for me and for my family. It wasn’t easy for me because sometimes when you win you think that everything is easy but it wasn’t to win and to have this type of season.

“Now I decided with the club to ­continue our path. I spoke with the club and we found the right view about the future. For every manager it is important to explain your idea.

“It’s very important that the club understand your idea and are ready to work together, to try together and to have this solid ­foundation.

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“I can want this, but if I’m alone it’s very difficult to do this. My desire and the club’s was to continue this work and for this reason I ­renewed a new contract.

“I repeat, now it’s right to start to work together and it’s very important to know that there is a lot of work to do."

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