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Chelsea target Conte rules out summer switch from Juventus

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Conte set to stay with Juventus. (©GettyImages)
Conte set to stay with Juventus. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea managerial target Antonio Conte has ruled out a move away from Juventus at the end of the season.

The 43-year-old Italian enjoyed 13-years as a professional with the Bianconeri between 1991 and 2004, and took over as manager at the Juventus Stadium in 2011.

His first campaign with the club led to the title, and the club are on course to retain the Scudetto with a six-point gap to Napoli at the top of the table this term.

Conte’s success has alerted clubs from around Europe with Sky Sports reporting that Real Madrid, PSG and the Blues are all keen on the former Siena chief.

However, Conte has insisted he’s more than happy with life at Juventus, and has no plans to leave the club.

"There is absolutely no chance of me leaving Juventus at the end of the season. It's very pleasing to hear big European clubs appreciate you, but the praise is there for the players and Juventus overall,” said Conte, according to Sky Sports.

"This means we are all working well together and should be proud. I am very much in sync with the president, directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici. As long as this harmony exists, there will be no problem.

"Do I feel ready for a big European club? I am already at a big European club. We have just started this journey that is proceeding in stages, understanding the huge economic difficulties in Italy at the moment.

"Last year the president had faith in a coach who had only earned two promotions from Serie B. I will always be grateful to him for that. We need to keep our feet on the ground, as the more I hear media talk of winning the Champions League and dominating the Scudetto race, I ask how long has it been since Juve finished seventh for two years in a row?”

Chelsea are in the market for a new manager, with interim coach Rafa Benitez confirming he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The Spaniard took over from Roberto Di Matteo after owner Roman Abramovich gave the former midfielder his marching orders, but has been unable to inspire a change in fortunes during his time in west London.

Conte won't be next in the Chelsea hot-seat however, and the Russian billionaire will have to look elsewhere for his next chief.

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