Serie A giants AC Milan have firmly said that they are not looking to convince Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to take charge next season.
There have been countless reports linking Antonio Conte with a move back to Italy, despite only being a year into his successful reign at Chelsea. AC Milan, on the other hand, has been heavily linked with Conte and according to the Metro; he would be an ideal appointment for the San Siro side.
The Italian coach has been linked with a move back to Italy for quite some time, despite signing a new contract with the Blues which increased only his wages but not the length of the deal. The former Juventus manager did enjoy three long and successful years in Italy, winning the Serie A in each of his seasons in charge.
However, AC Milan’s Director of Football Massimiliano Mirabelli has firmly said that, they are not considering the former Scudetto winning boss, and that they have faith in Vicenzo Montella. In an interview with Radio Rossonera, Mirabelli said: “We already have a manager and we are not thinking of Conte nor about other managers.”
The Rossoneri have just spent a fortune, with over a £170m on 11 signings including striker and the next great thing from Portugal in Andre Silva, this summer. But despite that, they still sit at a lowly seventh in the table, far city rivals Inter Milan in third place. Vincenzo Montella’s side has only won four out of their seven matches played so far, losing the remaining three and sits a massive nine points behind first-place Napoli.
“Conte's 20-minute video sessions are worth three days on the training ground.” – Pirlo hails Antonio Conte pic.twitter.com/sBiUWACVD3
— ChelseaFC (@ContesRampage) October 8, 2017
This has put pressure on him, and according to Corriere dDelloSport, if AC Milan does not qualify for the Champions League, Vincenzo Montella could be fired. However, while it spells bad news for Montella, it certainly does open up a few options for Antonio Conte, who has already admitted that he would like to return back home to Italy at some point.
In an interview, Conte said “Yes, I miss Italy. And in my mind, there’s no doubt I will be home before long. Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back. I don’t know when but that’s the aim.”
Chelsea would love to keep Antonio Conte at the Bridge forever if they could, especially given how well the Italian boss has done in his first year as a Premier League manager. However, AC Milan could use someone like Conte, especially how his arrival at Chelsea gave everyone at the club a huge boost and his experience combined with tactical ingenuity and winning mentality made a visible difference.