FORMER Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says there is a “60 per cent chance” he will be managing in Serie A next season.
The 49-year-old has been out of work since he was axed by the Blues last summer, despite winning the title and FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He has been involved with a bitter dispute over unpaid severance since, and after no bulk figure was offered, the Prem giants continue to pay him his contracted wages.
The Italian was linked with Real Madrid earlier this year, but accepting that position would have given Chelsea grounds to cancel their payments.
Conte appears happy to have sat and waited for that deal to run out this summer, but he has now revealed he could well be back in the dug-out in his homeland come August.
Speaking to Le Iene, he said: “There is a 60 per cent chance that I'll stay in Italy.
“There is a 30% chance I will go abroad and a 10% chance that I will wait [for something else].”
AC Milan and Inter have all been linked with a move for Conte, as well as several rumours his old club Juventus are also keen for him to return.
But Conte insists he has not spoken with anyone.
He added: “I can't say ‘yes’ to any team because nothing is there.
“I haven't talked to any Serie A clubs personally yet. It's still a bit early.”
Roma are another side rumoured to be plotting an offer for Conte.
And that speculation was fuelled further when their legendary ex-striker Francesco Totti admitted most people would “do crazy things” to get the coach in charge.
He said: “We see that in recent weeks there is a lot of talking about Conte.
“We have Claudio Ranieri on the bench and we have to show respect.
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“Every club would do crazy things for [Conte]. At the end of the season we'll decide if our coach will be Conte, Ranieri or somebody else.
“For now we are only thinking to qualify for the Champions League. It is not right to talk about coaches.
“I haven't met Antonio Conte. A change of coach will not depend on the fourth place or not.”
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