Antonio Conte: The Premier League is 'very attractive', says Chelsea target

Conte will leave Italy after Euro 2016

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Italy manager Antonio Conte has spoken about the prospect of managing in the Premier League next season - calling it "definitely very attractive".

The former Juventus boss is the odds-on favourite to take over at Chelsea next season having announced last week that he will leave the Italian national team after this summer's European Championships.

Conte, who won three successive Serie A titles with Juventus in his three seasons in charge, is seeking a return to club management, missing the day-to-day involvement that he doesn't get with the Azzurri.

​Conte also spoke specifically about Chelsea at a press conference ahead of Italy's international friendlies with Spain and Germany this week.

"Chelsea? It’s not a taboo for me, but I could talk about Italian teams too," Conte said at the press conference. 

“At the moment my thoughts and my pain are reserved for a choice [leaving the national team] that is not superficial and without heartache. I’ve taken the choice, and now we’ll see what the future holds, if there’s something beautiful in Italy or abroad. These choices are never taken lightly.

"What’s certain is that I won’t be [Italy manager] for the next two years, my intention is to return to a club.  After the Euro qualifiers, I was filled with satisfaction in seeing a group which was doing what I had asked.

"At that time I considered whether there was a chance to continue, but four months went past and it was very hard, to go four months without working and then think about another two years like that. It was difficult from that point of view. You have to understand where you’re happy, I’d have had a hard time staying in the garage.

"You can't get the smell of the pitch. You have to be objective, and understand that there are times when being [Italy manager] is a millstone. It was for [Cesare] Prandelli, and it will be for the next person."

The 46-year-old was then asked about the prospect of managing in England.

He added: "The Premier League? I think the English national team is very strong too, just look at the qualifying campaign they had.

"English football is definitely very attractive at the moment for players and voaches, not least because it's a very interesting league from many points of view."