Antonio Conte: “I’m homesick, won’t stay long at Chelsea, return to Italy on the cards”

The Chelsea manager has “nostalgia” for his homeland and is aiming to return to Serie A in the future.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists he will return to manage in Italy in future, as he misses his homeland.

Conte took over at Stamford Bridge in 2016, and led the Blues to the Premier League title in his debut season in charge.

The job marks his first outside of Italy, having previously managed Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta, Siena, Juventus and the Italian national team.

Conte also spent his entire playing career in the country, playing for Lecce and Juve, and the 48-year-old is hoping to one day head back to Serie A.

Speaking to Radio Rai, he said: “I have nostalgia for Italy. I did not have it in my head to stay abroad for so long.

“Once I have had some more nice experiences I will return to Italy, for sure. I don’t know when, but the goal is to do that.

“Foreseeing the future is always difficult. Ours is the most precarious work as you are in one place today and tomorrow you are in another.

“I have the will to finish a project, and then look for the right continuation of that.

“The English experience has greatly enriched me, and I’d like to carry on as manager in the future.”

“Premier League? This year will be even more difficult as both Manchester are back and there also is Tottenham.

“We can’t forget Liverpool and Arsenal neither” – has he said in an interview to Radio Anch’io Sport –

“Regarding Champions League, on the other hand, we would need to add a few quality players to a good team. We didn’t get lucky with our group but want to do well. I’d like to avoid Italian sides for the round of 16.

“Roma? They have everything they need to go forward”.

About the Premier League: “The atmosphere is amazing, the fans come to entertain and that’s really positive. Serie A is raising again but every top player keep choosing the Premier League”.

In the end of the interview Conte talks about the race for the Scudetto and his future: “Napoli are looking to get over Juventus and they’ve improved so much working year after year.

“VAR? I think it’s positive.”

“Italy? I’m nostalgic and I don’t think I’ll stay abroad for a long time. I’ll never go to China. Regarding Liga and Bundesliga it’s hard to predict the future.

“I’d also like to change role in the future, working as a sportive director or in a club’s management.

“Are Italian coaches better than the English ones? There are not many English coaches in Premier League and the other ones are all prepared and very good, between the best of the world”.

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