Italy's Antonio Conte earmarked as Jose Mourinho's long-term successor at Chelsea

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Italy's Antonio Conte has emerged as the latest name on a long list of rumoured managers to take over at Chelsea this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The Italian, currently in charge of his national side, is reportedly being eyed as Jose Mourinho's long-term successor over current interim manager, Guus Hiddink.

Conte is currently preparing for this summer's European Chamionships, but it's believed he has already met with Chelsea representatives to discuss a return to club management and would favour a move to England.


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The likes of Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino have also been linked with the role, but Conte appears to be Roman Abramovich's preferred choice. Talks are set to resume between the club and manager when the current Premier League season concludes.

And whilst the the 46-year-old has never managed a club outside of his native Italy, he boasts a strong managerial record, winning the Serie A title three times with Juventus.

Conte was also once linked with the Manchester United job but ultimately lost out to Louis van Gaal, which led to his current role as Italy manager, signing a two year deal.

His contract runs out after Euro 2016, which would put him in the perfect place to sign with Chelsea for the upcoming season, especially so if he enjoys a successful tournament with the Azzurri.

Hiddink will remain in charge at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season amidst the club's pursuit of a Champions League spot. They currently lie 13th in the Premier League and 14 points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy fourth.

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