Both Antonio Conte and AC Milan have played down rumours that the Chelsea manager may take over at the club next season.

Since Conte spoke openly about how he missed his family and struggled to settle in London there have been reports linking him with a move to Milan. The rumours have surfaced again in recent weeks as current Milan coach Vincenzo Montella has been struggling to produce results despite the club’s spending spree over the summer.

However, when asked about the rumours by Sky Sport Italia Conte said that he doesn’t want to think about such speculation, “Oh come on, forget it. Let’s try to remain focused because, as I’ve said, between now and the end of the year, it’s going to be a difficult path to follow in every sense because, look, every single day another story and another thing comes out, and they like this kind of situation here.”

Milan’s director of sport, Massimo Mirabelli, was also asked about the rumours and he was equally dismissive of them, “Believe it or not, these are things which are only part of your world; they are journalistic creations. … We have faith in Montella and we are working every day on continuing this project. Maybe we expected less difficulty compared to what we have had, but we are still united in this project.”

Milan had hoped for a return to the Champions League next season but at present they are nine points below the top four. Nonetheless, Montella says that it still remains the goal, “Even though we still have to improve a lot to close in on the teams ahead of us, in terms of our games against our direct rivals, it’s not like you could see much of a difference.”