Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois opens up on effect of Antonio Conte sacking rumours

THIBAUT COURTOIS was quizzed on Antonio Conte’s destiny after he conceded four goals to Watford.

The Belgian stopper gave away a penalty just before half-time for a foul on Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu.

Reports in the lead up to game that Conte would lose his job if Watford beat Chelsea.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be displeased with the Italian’s public criticism over a lack of transfer funds.

Conte reportedly tried to demand a new contact this week, despite a poor run of results.

Chelsea lost 3-0 to Bournemouth before last night’s 4-1 humiliation at the hands of the Hornets.

But goalkeeper Courtois, who has been linked with Real Madrid, claims that the unclear future of the boss is not causing any issues.

“It does not affect us,” Courtois told Sky Sports when questioned on the speculation regarding his manager’s future.

“Our start was maybe not the best. We lost too many balls.

“The red card was very light and the penalty was a clear dive.

“I think we have to find our form from before new year.

“We have a tough month coming up. It is important for us to continue to work – heads high.”

The west London outfit are in action next Monday as they host West Brom at Stamford bridge (8pm).

Chelsea are now just one point ahead of London rivals Tottenham.

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