Chelsea hold talks with Italy boss Antonio Conte

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According to Italian website Tutto Mercato Web, The Blues hierarchy have held talks with former Juventus and current Italy manager Antonio Conte about taking over as their manager from the start of next season.

When Jose was sacked last month – just 7 months after he lifted the Premier League title – Chelsea dug out an interim replacement in the shape of Guus Hiddink, a man who knows the club well.

However, as indicated by Hiddink himself, he is only here for the short term as the quest for long-term manager goes on for Roman Abramovich and his team of execs.

Looking at Conte’s CV, he offers everything that a club like Chelsea would want in a manager.

Having been named three times Serie A manager of the Year, Conte was a huge fans favourite during his time at Juventus.

He led the club to 3 back-to-back Serie A titles before leaving for the job of Italy National side.

Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola are other names that have been linked with the Chelsea job in the last few weeks.

However, with Pep Guardiola seemingly destined to choose between one of the two Manchester clubs and Simeone looking increasingly likely that he’ll be staying put at Atletico Madrid, it seems as if Roman may have already turned his attention towards other possible candidates.