Conte is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge after losing back-to-back Premier League matches against Bournemouth and Watford, conceding seven goals against the relegation battling sides in the process.
Owner Roman Abramovich is expected to give Conte a stay of execution until after the upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, though could pull the trigger if they lose to West Brom on Monday night.
Luis Enrique is believed to be top of Chelsea’s wish list to replace Conte, though he is not thought to want the job until the summer when he can be reunited with his coaching staff.
Conte knows the Spaniard well from his time in charge of Roma in the 2011-12 season, and, despite bring in the running to replace him at Chelsea, has huge admiration for him.
The Italian said: ‘We played against each other and he’s a really good person. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and he is a fantastic coach.
‘He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma, you could see a well-organised team. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach.’
Conte also claims he has no hard feelings about Enrique being linked with his job, adding: ‘We do this job, and our job is not difficult, but you must be open and understand the situation can change. A club can take different decisions.
‘It’s the same for me. But, I repeat, I’m not jealous or envious of other managers. Everyone knows his job, his work. I have, usually, a great respect.’
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