Antonio Conte has seen his stock rise over the past two seasons. The Italian mastermind won the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana last year with Juventus and the fact that the Turin based club managed to stay unbeaten in the domestic league last season speaks volumes of his managerial capability.
This season the reigning Italian champions have already progressed to the quarter-finals in Champions League and are six points clear of Napoli at the top of the table. Conte’s success in Italy has drawn interest from a number of top European clubs in recent times, especially Chelsea and Real Madrid, who have been strongly linked with the 43-year-old Italian.
Conte revealed in a recent interview that he would like to “coach abroad one day” and this statement has added fuel to the speculations surrounding his future at the club. But Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci believes that his manager will remain at the club for a long time.
“He’s a true Juventino, he has that in his DNA, his dream is to stay at this club for as along as possible.” – Bonucci was quoted in Italian media.
The 25-year-old Italian international also revealed that he would like to end his career at Juventus as he considers it to be the highest of honours.
“I want to stay at this club too. Playing for Juventus is the maximum for me and I want to end my career here – I couldn’t ask for more than that.” – Bonucci added.
The former Inter defender is hopeful that his club can draw one of the winners from the Porto-Malaga or Galatasaray-Schalke fixtures in the next round of the Champions League, although he believes that nearly every club at this stage of the competition is as good as the other.
“At this point of the competition, one side is just as good as another,” the Italian international said when asked whom he hoped to face in the next round of the European Cup.
“Obviously if you look at the games between Schalke-Galatasaray and Porto-Malaga then we’d perhaps find a team that is a level below the rest.
“However, all of the sides left in the competition will be ones to fear.” – The Italian explained.