Antonio Conte is one of the three finalists for next season’s open Chelsea job as owner Roman Abramovich will reportedly make a final decision in mid-March.
While the Italy boss remains the favourite, he has competition in the form of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone and the man who replaced him at Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri.
Conte has a couple advantages over his rivals for the job at one of Europe’s prestige clubs, as the Argentine might be relucatant to leave Atletico considering his cult status within the club both as a player and coach.
Meanwhile in Turin, Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta is intent on keeping Allegri at the side beyond this season with even the man himself dispelling stories he would be willing to leave for London.
“The Chelsea rumours make no sense,” Allegri said.
Conte believes he is ready to take on the challenges presented by the Premier League with the setup at Chelsea – club structure, youth sector, and current squad – all to the Italian’s liking.
Money will not be an issue when it comes to purchases needed to further bolster the squad, something the tactician complained about while at Juventus despite the extraordinary success he enjoyed with the Bianconeri.
For now, however, Conte’s main focus is preparing the Italian national team for Euro 2016 this summer after flying through qualification undefeated, as his successes with the Azzurri will surely not have gone unnoticed by Abramovich.
Adapted from article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Stefano Boldrini and Mirko Graziano