Antonio Conte Says He Wants a Convincing 'Project' Amid Juventus, Inter Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Manager of Chelsea, Antonio Conte gestures during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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Antonio Conte has discussed his return to management amid rumours he is wanted by Juventus and Inter Milan.

Calciomercato.com linked Juve, Inter and Roma with the Italian coach, with the former two ahead in the race for his signature because they are "willing to plan, with Conte, a new cycle."

In an appearance on Sky Italia's EPCC (h/t Tuttosport, via Calciomercato), Conte said: "I'm not yet [sure] where I will go [laughs]. However, surely I will choose a team that has a project which convinces me."

Conte won three titles in as many seasons with Juventus before he took over Italy in 2014.

The 49-year-old has not managed since he left Chelsea last summer. He won a Premier League title and the FA Cup in his two campaigns there.

Bleacher Report's Gianni Verschueren believes Juve should move on from current coach Massimiliano Allegri after the team's UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax on Wednesday:

Gianni Verschueren @ReverschPass

Allegri will go down as one of the best Juventus coaches in history, but sometimes you need to change things up. Yes, I think this is the right time to move on. There I've said it

Alex McGovern, also of Bleacher Report, thinks bringing back Conte could be a good choice for the Bianconeri:

Alex McGovern @AlexMcGovern11

Think I agree with Conte for Juve. Without Zidane available I'm not sure who's a better option. Might be seen as short-termism but with Ronaldo+Chiellini 34 y/o now is the time to win. Three at the back would get the best out of Bonucci, Chiellini and Sandro + suit Cancelo too https://t.co/RF9EkUx4zW

Conte knows how to get the best out of players like Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci from his first spell in charge and time with Italy, and he excels in getting intensity from his players.

One thing he lacks is a pedigree in European competition, as he's not taken any side beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but his prior record at Juve would likely make him a popular choice.

Italian football expert David Amoyal believes Inter might also appeal:

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

Resigning Skriniar after landing De Vrij & Godin on Bosman deals is quite impressive for Inter. Considering the transition out of the BBC at Juve, they could have the best defense in Serie A next season while incentivizing Conte to pick them as his next team

The Nerazzurri don't have the same resources or squad calibre as Juventus, but there's a strong foundation to work with that a coach of Conte's ability could get plenty out of.

Whether he joins one of those two clubs or heads elsewhere, it's unlikely a manager with Conte's CV will be out of work for much longer.