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Antonio Conte linked with Juventus return

Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte is being linked with a return to his former club next summer when his contract with Spurs ends. The former Juve captain famously took charge of the Bianconeri in 2011, taking them through an unbeaten season and their first Serie A title since 2006.

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that after a year and a half, Allegri’s reign at the club has not yielded the results expected and the suggestion is Juve could return to the man who kickstarted it all: Conte.

According to Gazzetta, those who know Conte well, suggest that one of the reasons he hasn’t renewed his contract with Spurs, despite the insistence of Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici, is Juventus.

For now, Allegri’s position is thought to be safe, but its not thought that he will stay in charge until his contract ends in 2025, with Agnelli saying: “We will make the assessments at the end of the season, we are not used to changing managers during the season.”

Gazzetta journalist Fabiana Della Valle suggests that Conte is highly unlikely to refuse a call from Juventus to helm the club where he had his most successful period and where he still has a strong bond. Speaking about his contract with Spurs, Conte recently said “I’ll talk to the club at the right time.”

Had it been for club Vice President Pavel Nedved, Conte would have returned as early as 2019: he and Paratici had proposed this possibility to President Andrea Agnelli before hiring Maurizio Sarri, but the president vetoed it because he had not yet forgiven him for having given him up on the project in 2014.

A few months ago, however, Agnelli and Conte clarified the situation and reportedly patched things up and this could make Conte’s return to Turin, which until recently seemed impossible, all the easier.

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