Juventus coach "flattered" by Chelsea link

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Juventus boss Antonio Conte has admitted he's "flattered" by reports linking him with the Chelsea job, according to talkSPORT.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is unlikely to continue at the end of the season, after a difficult spell in charge at Stamford Bridge so far.

The Blues boss has struggled to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester United - Chelsea trail the Old Trafford club by 16 points - and Conte has been linked with both the Stamford Bridge job and the Real Madrid post.

Jose Mourinho's Bernabeu future remains uncertain, after a series of high-profile spats with senior Real Madrid players. The former-Chelsea manager even dropped captain Iker Casillas to the bench last month.

Conte enjoyed a hugely successful playing career with Juventus, winning five Serie 'A' titles and one Champions League, while he helped the Turin-based club to a unbeaten league season last term.

The defending champions now sit five points clear of second-placed Napoli, and Conte has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Benitez or Mourinho come the season's end.

And the Juventus boss, when informed of the reports, failed to play down the speculation.

He said: "I'm flattered. Both the club and I enjoy these assessments. It means that we are doing well."

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