Conte happy with Chelsea link

Juventus boss Antonio Conte has welcomed speculation regarding a possible summer move to Chelsea, saying it is a good thing for both himself and his club.

Last Updated: 05/03/13 at 16:40 Post Comment

Antonio Conte: Has welcomed reports linking him with a summer move to Chelsea

Antonio Conte: Has welcomed reports linking him with a summer move to Chelsea

The 43-year-old is rumoured to be among the candidates to replace Rafa Benitez in the Stamford Bridge hotseat at the end of the season.

Benitez, who was an unpopular choice of boss among sections of the club's support, confirmed last week in a stormy press conference that he intends to leave when his short term contract expires in the summer.

Conte, meanwhile, has established himself as one of Europe's leading coaches after guiding Juve to the Serie A title without losing a game last season.

The Turin giants are looking good to retain the trophy as they currently sit six points clear at the summit. They also hold a 3-1 advantage going into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Celtic at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of that game Conte responded positively to questions regarding a possible move to the Premier League.

"My future? It is normal for some rumours to delight you, when you work well others notice it," said the former Siena and Atalanta boss.

"We are doing well as a group both in Italy and abroad and we have to continue like this."

Conte also confirmed that striker Nicklas Bendtner may face disciplinary action after he was arrested for drink driving back in his native Denmark last weekend.

The on-loan Arsenal striker has already been given a six month ban by the Danish FA following the incident in Copenhagen on Sunday and he may well face further sanctions from Juve.

"The club will examine the issue and will take necessary measures," added Conte.

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