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Antonio Conte: ‘My heart is always in Italy’; Hints at Serie A return

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PHOTOGRAPH: @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London | Photo courtesy: @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London/Flickr

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed his desire of returning to Serie A. The 47-year-old has admitted that he would be tempted to go back to his home country. The former Italy national team manager even hinted at interest from Inter and AC Milan. Both the Italian clubs are now bankrolled by Chinese investment groups.

Italy beckons Conte

Despite his success in England, Conte has been repeatedly linked with a move to Serie A. Rumors and speculations suggest that Inter are interested in acquiring his services. The Italian giants want to tempt the former Juventus manager to San Siro as a part of their long-term project to revamp the club.

“Yes. My heart is always in Italy,” Conte replied on TV show Emigratis when asked if he would return home.

When it was suggested that his wages would be too high for Serie A clubs, he replied: “Haven’t the new owners come in now?”

The show was filmed in January ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Hull, which they won 2-0. Diego Costa and Gary Cahill scored the goals for The Blues. The former Italy head coach admits he struggled to initially adapt to live in London when he arrived last summer.

“It took me six months to get the English to appreciate me,” Conte joked. Asked if he was happy living in London, Conte seemed unconvinced, “Well…”

Inter sold up late last year and Suning Group have already promised a £127million spending spree on the squad this summer. Inter want Conte to replace Stefano Pioli this summer and the former Juventus boss is supposedly open to their advances.

Conte’s amazing first season in England

Conte took over as Chelsea manager last year and has guided the Blues to the top of the Premier League table. Chelsea has been brilliant under the Italian gaffer and looks to achieve a possible Premier League and FA Cup double this season.

Conte’s Chelsea are four points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s trip to face Everton. They will meet Arsenal in the FA Cup final, having overcome Tottenham 4-2 in the last-four clash at Wembley last week.

Photo courtesy: @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London/Flickr

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