The Italian admits he’d be open to the idea of managing elsewhere despite being in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits he would be open to “different experiences in different countries” when his time in charge at Stamford Bridge comes to an end.
The former Italy boss, who has helped the Blues charge towards a fifth Premier League title, has made an immediate impact in west London – despite having no break in the summer after managing Italy at last summer’s European championships.
While Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City was the biggest managerial switch during the summer, it has been Conte who has made the immediate impact – after helping to rebuild a Blues squad that was well below standards last campaign.
And the 47-year-old has been so impressive that Inter Milan are keen to persuade him back to his homeland with a lucrative offer on the cards. But Chelsea are under no pressure to sell, with no buy-out clause in his current contract.
However, vaguely worrying for Blues fans, Conte has admitted he would love to experience managing in various different and countries and leagues – despite being settled in west London.
But Conte appears to have taken Roman Abramovich’s quick-fire mentality into consideration, also, knowing the weight of expectation on his shoulders could, one day, bring an end to his time as Chelsea boss.
“In my mind, there is the will to find different experiences in different countries,” said Conte.
“I think it’s fantastic to find these experiences. When I was a footballer, I played only for two teams: Lecce and Juventus.
“But, honestly, in my career I wanted to go and play in different countries.
“Now I am having this great experience in England, in an amazing league. For me, this is great. And I hope to live this experience with my family next season.”
Conte’s wife and daughter are expected to move to England in the summer, when the academic year has finished in Italy, with the Chelsea boss having lived alone since his arrival in the Premier League.