Chelsea link 'delights' Italian boss

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Juventus manager Antonio Conte has welcomed speculation regarding a possible summer move to Chelsea, saying it is a good thing for both himself and his club, reports Sky Sports.

The Italian coach has established himself as one of Europe's leading managers after he secured the Scudetto with the Bianconeri in scintillating fashion in 2011/12, remaining unbeaten for the entire Serie 'A' campaign, overseeing the first club to go undefeated in Italy's top-fight in a 38-game season.

Conte and Co. are on course to retain the domestic title again this year, as they sit six points clear at the top of the table, and they are also looking to mount a charge for the Champions League trophy.

Juventus boast a 3-0 advantage from the first leg of their last-16 clash with Celtic, and welcome the Scottish Premier League champions to Turin for the return leg this evening.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's European clash, Conte responded positively to speculation linking him with the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.

"My future? It is normal for some rumours to delight you, when you work well others notice it," explained the 43-year-old.

"We are doing well as a group both in Italy and abroad and we have to continue like this."

Interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has proved an increasingly unpopular choice amongst Blues supporters, and Russian owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be drawing up a shortlist of replacements for the Spaniard, who is set to leave west London at the end of the season.


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