JUVENTUS manager Antonio Conte has emerged as the latest candidate to take over at Chelsea in the summer, according to reports in Italy.
The 43-year-old, who masterminded the Turin side’s unbeaten 2011-12 title-winning campaign, is on a shortlist with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, Swansea’s Michael Laudrup and Stamford Bridge hero Gianfranco Zola, the Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday.
Conte was in August handed a 10-month touchline ban for failing to report match-fixing, but following multiple appeals his suspension was cut to four months and he resumed his place on the bench in December.
A run of just one win in six games has left current Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez fighting for his job, although it is thought unlikely that a permanent replacement will arrive before May.
Conte is said to have been learning English for two years and to be an admirer of the Premier League.