Homesick Conte ready to return to Italy

Homesick Conte ready to return to Italy

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has expressed his intention to return to Italy in the future after revealing that he is not planning to "stay overseas for too long".

"I have nostalgia for Italy and this is without (a) doubt", he said.

"It's not in my head to stay overseas for too long".

His new contract also only increased his salary, rather than extending the length of the agreement which still runs until the summer of 2019.

"Once I have had some more nice experiences I will return to Italy, for sure".

"Foreseeing the future is always hard, ours is the most precarious work". I don't know when but that's my objective.

He ruled out the possibility of taking a job in China, La Liga, or the Bundesliga in the future because he feels "nostalgic" for Italy. Let's just say that a coach is a temporary worker. Today you are in one place and tomorrow in another.

"This experience has given me so much, has improved me so much, but perhaps in the future I won't be a manager".

The 26-year-old full-back played a key role in Chelsea winning the Premier League title last season after he joined the club from Fiorentina last summer.

"I am happy about my experience at Chelsea and one day I'd like to be a sporting director as well".

His team have responded with five wins in their next six games in all competitions and are right up there with the early pacesetters in the Premier League.

Although that piece of speculation has quelled since the campaign got underway, Conte said that he plans to go back to Italy when his Chelsea "project" has reached its conclusion.