Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits his 'heart is in Italy' after being asked about rumoured return to Serie A

James Benge

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that his heart is in Italy and joked about a possible return to management in Serie A.

Conte looks set to cap his first season at Chelsea with a Premier League title and will add the FA Cup to his trophy haul if his side beat Arsenal in next month’s FA Cup Final.

Despite consistently professing his happiness at Stamford Bridge Conte continues to be linked with a return to his homeland, with Inter Milan having been linked with the former Juventus boss on several occasions in recent months.

And in a comedy show on Italian television channel Mediaset in which the Chelsea manager showed two comedians around his London home Conte admitted he missed Italy.

“Italy's always Italy, my heart is there,” he said.

When it was put to him that few Italian clubs would be able to match his pay packet at Chelsea he joked: “New owners have arrived now too!”

Chinese investors Suning Holdings Group bought Inter before the start of the season whilst AC Milan’s long-term owner Silvio Berlusconi recently completed the sale of the club to a consortium led by Yonhong Li and Han Li.

However it remains unlikely that Conte will be tempted away from the Premier League in the near future, with talks progressing towards a new contract for the Chelsea manager.

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