Antonio Conte steered Chelsea to the Premier League title last season
The Chelsea boss found life away from wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria tough and made it far from easy to settle.
But now the pair have joined him in a house near the club’s training ground in Cobham life is rosy again.
“It was difficult for sure,” he said. “For me to have my family with me is very important. Last season, honestly, I suffered a lot because when you arrive in a new country and you are alone and know that your family don't stay here it is not simple.
“This season I am very happy because they are with me, my daughter and wife and for us it is a fantastic experience. I think that this experience for my daughter is an incredible experience and a great gift that I am doing her.
“Last season was very difficult for my wife because she divided her life between Italy to stay with our daughter and me in London.
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“But now for sure it is great for me and my family and above all for my daughter it is a fantastic experience and also for my wife to live in a new country and learn a new language.”
Conte has issued a passionate retort to reports linking him with the AC Milan after a translated issue reported him as being “homesick.”
“I did an interview two weeks ago and the translation was wrong,” he suggested. “All I said was that one day in the future I would like to go back to Italy.
“But you know my position. I have two years contract with Chelsea and am happy to work for this club and with my players. I like to have this great feeling with our fans.
"Every coach, when they start, they work with the club and hope they will stay for a long time and build something important. At the same time, I always say our job is difficult and is strange."
Antonio Conte signed an improved contract at Chelsea in the summer
Conte takes Chelsea to Crystal Palace on Saturday with midfielder problems with N’Golo Kante (hamstring) and Danny Drinkwater (knee) set to miss the next few weeks.
“Kante, we are going to do a scan next week to check his situation, if he is improving,” said Conte. “But for sure it's a hamstring problem and this is a big loss for us. His previous scan suggested maybe 20-25 days.
“As you know very well in this situation you must pay great attention. For this reason we are going to do another scan in one week.
“You know very well the importance of Kante in our team. We don't have another player with the same characteristics. We only have [Tiemoue] Bakayoko and [Cesc] Fabregas available.”