Antonio Contes admits he has “no doubt” he will be named as the new coach of the Juventus squad, but is reluctant to make any official announcement until the end of the season.
Conte, the Italy coach of three European Championships, is yet to make his first-team squad and is believed to be working on a provisional list of players for the forthcoming Serie A season.
But Conte, who has made a name for himself with his flair for winning games at Stamford Bridge, has made it clear he is a man who wants to lead a squad with a clear vision.
“I’m in a very good position,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport, referring to the fact that he has secured a place on the pre-season tour to Spain, where the squad will meet up with Real Madrid on Monday.
“The players have given me a lot of confidence, but we will make the last decision on who will be the coach.
I have no doubt.”
Conte has only been in charge of Juventus since December 2012, and his team finished fourth in Serie A last season.
His first team has not had much success in recent years, and he is still waiting for the squad to make the step up to Serie B.
But he insists that the squad he has brought in to the squad room is the same squad that beat Chelsea 3-0 on Saturday to secure their first Champions League crown since 2011.
“There are still some changes that need to be made, and it will be very difficult to make a final decision until the final day,” he added.
“But we have all the time in the world to do it.”
We are very close.
This squad is a very special one.