Conte could seek fresh challenge after more Juventus glory

Reports in Italy claim Antonio Conte could quit Juventus during the summer, despite leading them to a third successive Scudetto.

There is no doubt that the 44-year-old will forever be regarded as a Bianconeri legend, having made over 400 Serie A appearances for the club during his playing days. That spell saw him help the Turin giants to numerous pieces of silverware, including five league titles, a Coppa Italia, one UEFA Champions League, and a Uefa Cup.

Having begun his coaching career with Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena, Conte returned to Juventus in the summer of 2011. The former midfield player has since gone on to win the Scudetto in each of his three seasons at the club, the latest of which was wrapped up at the weekend when nearest rivals Roma suffered a shock defeat to Catania.

The next step for the Bianconeri would presumably be to win a first Champions League since 1996. Despite being much fancied this term, they were eliminated at the first hurdle when Real Madrid and Galatasaray finished first and second in Group B, and their UEFA Europa League bid ended last week at the semi-final stage to Benfica.

However, according to reports in Italy, Conte may not be in charge of their European charge next season. Corriere della Sera claim the Juve coach could look for a fresh challenge during the summer, with Monaco believed to be an option. The French side have qualified for the Champions League, but they are said to be uncertain that under current coach Claudio Ranieri, they can genuinely compete for the top honours home and abroad.

Conte still has 12 months left on his contract in Turin, and last month general manager Giuseppe Moratta revealed that talks over a possible new deal would not take place until this summer. He has also been mentioned as a potential successor to the sacked David Moyes at Manchester United, although Holland coach Luis van Gaal looks almost certain to be installed in that position after the World Cup Finals.


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