Antonio Conte to snub Chelsea
The Blues‘ current interim manager, Rafa Benitez, looks unlikely to be given a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
Conte is believed to be on a shortlist to take over the reins, as Roman Abramovich looks to re-establish Chelsea as a leading power in the Premier League. Former Blues boss and player Gianluca Vialli said last week that he believes Conte is ‘probably at the top of Chelsea’s wanted list’.
Conte hasn’t hidden his desire to manage abroad :
He said: “I’ve always said that my ambition is to coach abroad one day and I’m pleased to receive marks of esteem from important clubs, it means that we are working well.
“They make Juventus happy too, because it means that they chose well one-and-a-half years ago.
“At the moment I am just thinking about Juventus, to re-establish ourselves in Italy and to do well in Europe.”
However, Conte is now set to stay at Juventus despite Chelsea’s interest…
Juventus coach Antonio Conte looks set to shun the advance of Chelsea as he hopes to continue his success in Turin.
Conte’s side are currently on track to win their second consecutive Serie A title and are on the verge of a Champions League quarter-final after their 3-0 win over Celtic, and his impressive record has seen some of Europe’s biggest names taking a closer look at the 43-year-old. The former Italy international is under contract with Vecchia Signora until 2015, though talks over an extension could soon be opening, especially if the side continue to perform so admirably in Europe.
Success on the continent has been a long time coming for Juventus supporters, but with a place in the last eight of the Champions League virtually secured, officials at the club have set their sights on European silverware to add to their growing number of domestic successes.
However, a number of other sides have also taken a liking to the work Conte has done since taking the coach’s role in 2011, and with Los Blancos set to lose Jose Mourinho at the end of the season, the Lecce-born trainer has been heavily linked with the post.
Current European champions Chelsea are also set to be without a trainer after missing out on Pep Guardiola, but Conte has repeatedly insisted that he is just getting started at the club where he made more than 400 appearances as a player and will not be looking to move on anytime soon. Chelsea, however, might still have Jose Mourinho to turn to in a miraculous return to the club which would greatly please the already unpleasant fans.