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Antonio Conte to remain as Juventus boss

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Antonio Conte will remain the manager of Juventus next season according to the club and reports from The Guardian.

The 44-year-old, who has been at the club since joining from Siena in 2011, has masterminded Juventus' rise to the summit of Italian football having just enjoyed a third consecutive title triumph.

It will be a season that lives long in the memory, with the Old Lady breaking another Serie A record – this time for most points accumulated in a season with a huge total of 102.

And the news that Conte will be staying will no doubt please the worried fans after speculation linking him with a move to Monaco.

The French club, who finished second to Paris St-Germain in Ligue 1, have sacked former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri and had been reported to have been eying up a swoop for the Juventus manager.

However, Ranieri’s void is likely to be filled by Sporting Lisbon manager Leonardo Jardim, with Monaco seemingly being forced to admit defeat in their efforts to prise Conte away.

Juventus released a short statement via their twitter account, which read: ‘Season 2014/2015: manager Antonio Conte.’

He had also been linked with succeeding David Moyes at Manchester United after being photographed in talks with Sir Alex Ferguson, but the English club announced Louis Van Gaal as their new manager on Monday afternoon.

Conte’s next job will be to try and deliver a first Champions League title since 1986.

The Italian side were dumped from the tournament during the group stages last season as Real Madrid and Galatasary prevailed. They went on to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League where they were beaten by Benfica.

Juventus are keen to recruit in the summer to ensure they remain unrivalled at the summit of Italian football, with media outlets reporting them to be in talks with United and France defender Patrice Evra.

The Frenchman’s deal has expired and Van Gaal is unlikely to offer him a new one, after sanctioning the big-money pursuit of Southampton defender Luke Shaw.

Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona is believed to be another target for the Scudetto holders.

Meanwhile, Conte will need to ensure none of the club’s biggest stars leave the club during the summer.

Paul Pogba’s agent recently stressed his client’s happiness in Turin in face of Real Madrid interest, but failed to rule out a move for the former United midfielder.

Similarly, Andrea Pirlo recently failed to commit his future to the club, hinting at a move elsewhere at some point later in his career.

But for now, Conte stays. It is the first piece of the jigsaw to ensure success remains very much on the agenda.

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