Fresh from the news a couple of days back that former Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus gaffer Antonio Conte could be set for a return to the Italian Serie A, but this time with current Champions, Napoli, the 54 year old was pretty quick to distance himself from any new potential job being on the horizon.
“I keep hearing constant rumours that link me to important clubs. But again I say that for now my only wish is to continue to not work and enjoy my family.”
However, this week the hugely experienced. and successful gaffer, has opened up a little bit more about what the future could hold for him, as he spoke of having regrets at how he left the club he spent that vast majority of his playing career representing, how he rejected an offer to take over the Saudi Arabian national team, but how he would one day, quite like to coach Napoli or Roma.
The former Juve and Inter Milan boss has conducted a pre-recorded interview with Rai TV program Belve which aired on Tuesday, October 17, but in taster quotes released ahead of the interview airing, a couple of the questions and answers were given out.
Asked about the club he regrets leaving most.
“Juventus after three years. I saw big problems in small things, so I decided to go.”
Presumably he built on that, but having led the club to three straight Serie A titles, they cannot have seemed that small at the point.
He went on to add about Napoli given their reported interest, and AS Roma.
“Those are two clubs that I’d like to try for the passion fans have. I hope one day I’ll have a chance to live this experience. I don’t take jobs during the season because there are situations that have been created before I arrived.”
Again, much like his opening comment on the speculation, whilst it is a distancing, he certainly has not really ruled himself out, and Roma fans are waiting to see what happens with Jose Mourinho given there are claims that no new contract will be offered to him, so he will – as things stand – be leaving the Stadio Olimpico at the end of the campaign as well. Conte would no doubt like to instantly improve on Mourinho’s record given the relationship that exists between them, or the mention of Roma here could just be a simple mind game.
If Napoli are already looking to replace Rudi Garcia, then an educated guess says at the latest he will move on at the end of the campaign as well.
So Conte’s next move in many ways could already be in his own hands.