For some time now, there have been rather unsettling rumours coming out of London – Stamford Bridge, to be exact. Despite being likely to wrap up a first English Premier title, rumours are flying that Italian mastermind Antonio Conte has no desire to stick around in London any longer. Apparently, his family are unhappy and wish to return to Italy. However, the main problem here is one of ambition.
Conte is a fantastic coach, undoubtedly one of the best in the world. Where would he go in Italy?
He could return to Juventus, sure. If Max Allegri heads to London to take on the Arsenal job, then that becomes even more possible. His side would be open once again to take over, continuing the amazing job that he done the first time around. With a stronger squad that has had even more investment poured into it since he left, would he finally see the money and ambition on offer in Turin as worth sticking around for?
What is his relationship with the board like? Does he still retain their good wishes? It would be strange for him not to. He’s a Juventus legend, and made a decision to leave after making history at the club – there’s no reason why any ill-will would hold him back.
Internazionale are the other mooted option, but it seems a bit outlandish. Conte was an incredible player, but he was best known for his time at Juventus rather than any other club. So, for him to then make the move to their largest rivals would seem a slap in the face to decades of love, commitment and service to the Juventus cause.
Inter would be a huge shock – especially seen as they are likely to capture Diego Simeone at some point in the near future. Is he really going to ditch Chelsea for a year or two at Inter until they want Simeone? We doubt it.
Milan, Roma and Napoli all lack one thing that he can get elsewhere – fiscal backing. They lack the financial power to lure him away, so it would be a shock to see Conte leaving England for Italy this summer.
He might leave, given the volatile nature of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the soap-opera style that engulfs Chelsea. However, Juventus aside, the idea of a return to Italy seems quite farfetched at this moment. And given his energetic personality and young age, it’s unlikely that Conte would leave a job like Chelsea to sit at home!