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According to reports, Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte, is on Inter Milan’s radar as a prospective manager. The new Chinese owner of the club, who spent a whooping £220m to own 70% of the club, are planning to restore the former glory of the club.
And they are pleased with the result the Italian manager has produced in England. After being snubbed by Chelsea, it seems the elite owners are keen on having him at the Stefano Pioli and if reports are anything to go by, they are willing to offer him a deal worth £10m-a-year contract.
Their insistence is quite understood to an extent. Inter did not get past the group stages in the Europa League this season and with the boost their purse just received, victory is the only acceptable result from them. Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd, their new owners, are determined make huge investment similar to that Paris Saint-Germain into the club and would be looking to sign some big names this summer.
While keeping Conte should be utmost with Chelsea, they seem to be dragging their feet on the issue arising from the other side. When the 47-year old was asked about it in a press conference before his side’s clash with Middlesbrough on Tuesday, he didn’t disclaim the possibility but dodged the question.
He said, “At this part of the season there are a lot of speculations about my players, also about me, but it’s not important… The most important thing now is to try and reach our target.” A popular line among players who are planning to leave their club.
Conte, last summer, signed a three year contract with Chelsea and with the progress he has made so far, he would be hoping to prolong his stay there. Conte has coached the likes of Juventus, Sienna and Italy national team in the past, but he has never attained such heights as he did in London
His best winning rate was with Juventus (67.55%) till he moved to Chelsea. This season he has won 26 of the 34 matches he has managed, (which is a dazzling 76.48%). Another reason Inter are insisting on signing him is that Conte always excel in his first season with a club. Chelsea isn’t the first where such happened in his managerial career.
While Juventus could be discounted because of their upper hand in Serie A, Conte has achieved a similar feat with Bari after taking over the reins in 2007. He led them to claim the Serie B title in the 2008-09 campaign.
Chelsea have one of the very best at the Bridge and this season is not just a one-season fluke as it was with Juventus. He claimed three Serie A titles in a row and back-to-back Supercoppa Italiana with the Old Lady too.