Conte has been at loggerheads with the Chelsea board all season over recruitment.
And he believes the club's below-par campaign can be traced back to the loss of Emenalo in November.
Conte said: “To lose Michael, it was a big loss for us.
“He did a great job for this club for many years. Last season he helped me a lot during the season.
“This season, until he left, he helped me a lot too."
Chelsea have not replaced him, and Conte added: “This is not my decision.
“As you know very well, my task is to work very hard. This is the decision for others."