Italy clear Conte to take charge of Blues

Antonio Conte is set to take the Chelsea job after the Italian Football Federation announced he will leave his post after Euro 2016.

Chelsea: Italy clear Conte to take charge of BluesChelsea: Italy clear Conte to take charge of Blues

The 46-year-old former Juventus coach took control of the Azzurri in August 2014 and secured their qualification for the European Championship in France.

But FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio on Tuesday told Sky Sport Italia that Conte, who won three Serie A titles with Juve, was seeking a return to “daily work” with a football club after the summer finals.

In quotes carried by La Gazzetta dello Sport, FIGC chief Tavecchio said: “Antonio Conte has told me that at the end of the European Championship his experience with us will come to an end.

“He can hear the call of the training ground, the daily work of training, and that is understandable.”

Conte, a former midfielder with Juve who returned to the Bianconeri as manager in 2011, has reportedly held talks with Chelsea over replacing Jose Mourinho as permanent manager at Stamford Bridge.

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