Antonio Conte set for shock PSG appointment

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Reports coming out of Italy's Corriere dello Sport, are suggesting that former Juventus manager, Antonio Conte, is on the verge of replacing Paris Saint-Germain's Laurent Blanc, in an unexpected move that is bound to stun European football.


Conte shocked Juventus last week by resigning from the club that he has spent most of his career at, both as a player and a manager.

The reasons behind his decision to walk away from potentially a fourth consecutive Serie A tile remain unclear, although reports are suggesting that they could have been about a difference of opinion with the board over summer transfer dealings.

Conte dropped the bombshell, with reports suggesting he wasn't given the full backing of the board to strengthen his squad in order to mount a serious challenge on Europe this season.

The final straw for the Juventus legend, appears to be surrounding the potential loss of both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, which apparently the club are prepared to cash in on in order to provide much needed liquidity for the club, a decision which will of course be detrimental to the clubs success going forward.

Conte's belief, and rightly so, is that after three-consecutive Serie A titles, the Turin giants should turn their attention to European success with the foundations now firmly in place, and intentions to sell two of their world class stars certainly doesn't reflect the former manager's vision.

Juventus legend

The 44-year old Italian, delivered an unprecedented three consecutive titles as the manager since his appointment in 2011, with his team enjoying a record breaking season last term when they become the first club to rack up over 100 League points in a single season.

As a player, Conte spent 13-years at the club during which the midfielder racked up over 400 appearances. 

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He was part of Juventus history that achieved unprecedented success both domestically and in Europe.

Playing alongside the likes of Ravenelli, Del Piero and Vialli to mention a few, the Turin giants won 15 major trophies, including five Serie A tiles, the 1992/93 UEFA Cup and the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League.

His sudden resignation shook the foundations of Juventus football club, leaving fans and players stunned and searching for answers.

However further shockwaves are bound to floor the Juventus faithful even more if this latest speculation is proved to be accurate.

Juventus were forced to move on quickly with the season barely weeks away, by naming former AC Milan tactician, Massimiliano Allegri, as their new manager in a two-year deal thought to be worth around €2 million-a-year.

While Conte emerged as favourite to replace Cesare Prandelli in the vacant Italy hot seat, in what would have been seen as a natural progression in his managerial career.

Stunning revelations

However in a stunning turn of events, the former Italian international could be announced as the new PSG manager within the next 24-hours, after reports have suggested that an agreement has already been agreed between Conte and the Paris based outfit.

It is thought that current manager, Laurent Blanc, will be sacked by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, citing a: "lack of trust."

Blanc, a former World and European Cup winner as a player, only joined the French Champions last year following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid.

Blanc an afterthought 

It has been suggested that he wasn't even Qatar Sports Investments' first choice to succeed Ancelotti. Apparently he was not even their seventh choice, with Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello, Arsene Wenger, Guus Hiddink, Andre Villas-leaving for Madrid.

His relationship with the PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is also thought to have been on the rocks for some time now and was apparently on borrowed time.

Conte could be PSG bound

Clearly Conte's sudden availability has provoked the Qatari owners into seizing the opportunity of landing somebody with the credentials of the Italian, and considering the timing of his availability, now would be as good as any to get rid of the unwanted Blanc.

Juventus fans will, however, ask the question if this was perhaps the main reason why their icon left so abruptly.

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