Italy national team head coach Antonio Conte has
revealed to La Reppublica that he spurned a
significant offer from the Premier League last year.
The 45-year-old left Juventus in a surprise move in
July, leaving behind a squad with which he had won
three straight Scudetti and established a Serie A
record for points.
Max Allegri was immediately brought in by the
Bianconeri to take over for the former midfielder,
while Conte’s future hung in the balance for nearly a
In mid-August Conte was announced as the
successor to Cesare Prandelli with the Azzurri on a
two-year deal with an eye towards Euro 2016.
To begin with, the Italian’s departure from Juventus
was something of a mystery. Conte had previously
confirmed he was staying, only to leave the day after
pre-season training began.
This drew the ire of some sections of the Old Lady’s
support, while it was speculated that his departure
could have been due to disagreements with
management on transfer policy.
At any rate, Conte made his choice – and publicly
said that he felt deep down it was time to make his
exit from Turin.
In the background, however, there were goings-on
unrevealed even before the ex-Bianconeri captain
decided to vacate his post in July.
Conte told La Reppublica on Friday that he had
options on his hands, with a particularly intriguing
offer arriving from the Premier League.
He said: “Last year I had several offers. There was
one from a very big English team, but as a matter of
respect I never told anyone.
“I decided to continue with Juventus. That didn’t last
very long, but that’s another story.”
Cruising towards a third straight title with Juventus,
Conte’s stock was at an all-time high near the end of
last season, with the only knock against him a lack of
In April The Telegraph reported that the Italian had
been shortlisted for the Manchester United job as
the Red Devils searched for a permanent
replacement for David Moyes.
Conte looked a natural choice for the role with his
passionate style and relative youth, which could’ve
potentially given him longevity at Old Trafford.
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