Antonio Conte to Chelsea: Juventus manager Max Allegri hints move is done

Italy manager is odds-on favourite to take over in the summer

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri appears to have hinted that Italy manager Antonio Conte will move to Chelsea this summer.

Allegri, whose future is also the subject of much speculation, was being interviewed by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport about his own job prospects. 

The Italian dismissed reports he would be leaving the Old Lady, top of Serie A, at the end of the season - he too had been linked with a move to Chelsea.

However, when asked about Conte's link to Chelsea, Allegri dropped a hint.

"He will do well for sure," said the Juventus manager.

It's hardly the strongest admission that Conte is definitely going, but Allegri certainly had the chance to deny any knowledge of the move and failed to do so.

Conte, 46, has very close links to Juventus and Allegri, having won five Serie A titles and the Champions League as a player and three titles as manager of the Old Lady.

The Italy manager is currently the heavy favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge. Some bookmakers have him as short as 1/12, with second favourite Deigo Simeone at 13/2.

Conte is in charge of the Azzuri's Euro 2016 campaign and would not join the Blues until Italy have finished competing in France.