Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes Antonio Conte would be a success as manager at Stamford Bridge.
Conte has confirmed he will leave his role as Italy manager after Euro 2016 and the former Juventus tactician is widely expected to move to Chelsea after the conclusion of the tournament in France.
Lampard is currently with MLS outfit New York City, where he plays alongside former Andrea Pirlo.
Pirlo has worked with Conte at both club and international level and Lampard revealed he has quizzed his team-mate about Chelsea’s next potential manager, and the 36-year-old Italian has given the Azzurri boss a glowing review.
“I don’t know him too well but he’s got a great pedigree, a great recent record with Juventus,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“I spoke with Andrea Pirlo about him and he has nothing but good words to say about him.
“I think he’s hard working, he’ll have the players working hard. He has what fans and players like to see – that determination, that will to win.
“It’s a difficult job at Chelsea now considering what’s happened this year, so we’ll see. If it is him, I think he has the pedigree to do it, but the decision has not been made.”
It has been claimed Conte has already agreed a three-year deal with Chelsea but as yet those reports remain unconfirmed by either the club or the 46-year-old.