Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ‘interested’ in becoming Manchester United’s next permanent boss, according to reports.
United will appoint a new manager in the summer following Tuesday’s sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Old Trafford legend, has been installed as United’s caretaker manager until the end of the season, when he will be replaced by a permanent head coach.
And Conte, who has been linked with the United job since leaving Chelsea earlier this year, is interested in the position, The Telegraph claim.
He is ready to return to work prior to the start of 2019/20, with the Italian staying away from the game for the entirety of this season. Legal disputes continue over his departure from Chelsea, and Conte is believed to have turned down two approaches from Real Madrid to sort out his problems with the Blues.
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Conte is an attractive option for United seeing as he has already succeeded Mourinho previously, taking charge of Chelsea seven months after the Portuguese was sacked by the Stamford Bridge club.
He guided the Blues to Premier League success in his debut season, and won the FA Cup the following year, before being sacked early during this pre-season.
Antonio Conte's trophy-laden carer
Conte has managed six clubs as well as the Italy national team. His most prolific period of success began upon his appointment at Juventus in 2011…
- Serie B: 2008/09
- Serie A: 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2012, 2013
- Premier League: 2016/17
- FA Cup: 2018
Conte also developed Paul Pogba into a world class player during his time managing Juventus, and United chiefs hope to see the French midfielder finally live up to the billing at Old Trafford.
As well as Conte, Manchester United have also been linked with Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.