Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has sought to end speculation over his future, by declaring: My commitment is total.
Speculation continues to surround the future of the Italian coach, with Chelsea having suffered back-to-back thrashings, against Bournemouth and Watford.
Last year’s champions lie fourth in the table, 19 points off the top and look a shadow of the side that ran away from their rivals 12 months ago.
Even then, Conte’s relationship with the club’s hierarchy never appeared particularly settled.
And he has been heavily-linked with the Stamford Bridge exit door once again this week.
But at his Friday press conference the former Juventus and Italy boss came out fighting.
“I am not thinking for one moment about the possibility of going away from this club,” declared Conte. “My commitment and the players are totally for this club.
“A lot of time in football the manager and the coach depends on the result.
“At the moment we are having a poor result. For this reason we have to pay great attention.
“We have to try to stop this bad run and get three points against West Brom.
“It won’t be easy, the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work and football.”
Olivier Giroud could start for the Blues against West Brom on Monday night, but Conte revealed Alvaro Morata is still not fit.
And the Italian admits he is becoming increasingly worried over his Spanish striker.
“He is trying to stop this pain in his back,” revealed Conte.
“I don’t know [how long he’ll be out] and for this reason I am a bit worried, as you know very well the importance of this player.”