Conte hints at Italy return after Chelsea adventure

Conte hints at Italy return after Chelsea adventure

Antonio Conte may have signed a new two-year contract at Chelsea in the summer, but he admits he misses Italy and plans to return in the future.

The former Juventus coach made an instant impact in his debut season at Stamford Bridge last term, guiding the Blues to the Premier League title and FA Cup final.

Conte was rewarded for his efforts with a new contract ahead of the current campaign, which has started with four wins and a draw after a shock opening day defeat to Burnley.

The 48-year-old is certainly a popular figure amongst the fans of Chelsea, and this is unlikely to fade despite revelations he sees his long-term future back in his homeland.

“I miss Italy, there is no doubt,” Conte told Radio Anch’io Sport. “It is not in my mind to stay abroad for a long time. Italy is my country. I don’t know when, but I will return.

“But that is the aim. I miss Italy, that’s a fact. Still, this experience is helping me so much. I would also like to change role, maybe become a sporting director in the future.”

Conte won the Serie B title whilst in charge of Bari, and he lifted the Scudetto three times with Juve before he took the Italy national side to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

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