Reigning champions Chelsea are 22 points behind Premier League leaders City ahead of their game at the Etihad on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Conte has appeared to publicly criticise Chelsea’s transfer policy since their title success in his first campaign in charge, and on Friday warned Manchester City’s financial possibilities means they could be even better next season.
The Chelsea head coach has accepted a top-four finish is now the primary objective, but directed reporters elsewhere when quizzed on whether that will remain the top target in future years.
“I don’t know,” said Conte. “This is not a question for me, about the ambition.
“The club has to show the ambition, not the coach. The coach has to work every day very hard but the club has to show the ambition.”