Antonio Conte says there is ‘60% chance’ he will coach in Italy next year

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Antonio Conte says he is ready for a return to coaching after his two years at Chelsea

Antonio Conte says he is likely to return to management in the summer, with “a 60 percent chance” he will take up a job in Italy.

The 49-year-old took a break in his coaching career following his acrimonious departure from Chelsea last July, which prompted a financial dispute around his severance package.

Conte has been linked with jobs at various European clubs this season – including the managerial position at Roma – and admitted it is likely his next job will be in his native country.

“There’s a good chance [I’ll coach in Italy], as well as abroad,” he told Italian TV channel Italia 1. “But there’s also a chance I will stay put. My priority is to get a job at a club that will allow me to fight for titles.

Antonio Conte won last year’s FA Cup final, following which he was sacked

“There’s a 60 percent chance I’ll stay in Italy, 30 percent chance I’ll go abroad and 10 percent chance I’ll carry on waiting.”

Conte sat through a lie detector test on Italian TV programme Le Iene and was quizzed about a possible future at clubs such as Juventus, Inter, Roma, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain – but he denied talks were already underway.

“I can’t say if I will coach any of these teams because at the minute there’s nothing,” he said. “Personally I haven’t heard from any club, it’s a bit early.”

Conte listed Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as one of the best players he ever coached, alongside Juventus stalwarts Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, and Andrea Pirlo.

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