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Could Juventus Coach Antonio Conte Replace Rafa?

ANTONIO CONTE NEW COACH OF JUVENTUSChelsea could appoint Juventus coach Antonio Conte as their next manager, according to reports in Italy.

With Blues interim boss Rafael Benitez failing to win over the fans and the club suffering a poor run of form, Chelsea are reportedly looking at other candidates to replace him when his deal runs out at the end of the season.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims owner Roman Abramovich is preparing a move to offer Conte the manager’s post at Stamford Bridge.

Conte won the Serie A title with Juventus last season and has a wealth of experience. But the Italian coach is no stranger to controversy.

He was slapped with a ten-month ban, reduced to four on appeal, after he was accused by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) of failing to report alleged match-fixing involving Siena when he managed them in the 2010-11 Serie B season.

Reports in Spain and England have linked Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer, but I expect Mourinho to end up in Paris with PSG and not London with Chelsea.