Antonio Conte future latest: Alessandro Del Piero reveals development over constant Juventus return talk

Antonio Conte, October 2022 Credit: Alamy
Antonio Conte, October 2022 Credit: Alamy

Juventus and Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero has commented on continued speculation that Tottenham boss Antonio Conte could return to Turin.

Conte, who won three successive Serie A titles as Juve boss between 2012-2014, celebrated a year in charge of Spurs following the win in Marseille that sealed top spot in their Champions League group and a place in the last 16.

But while the north London side progressed to the knockout stage, Juventus dropped into the Europa League.

Current Juve chief Massimiliano Allegri is also struggling domestically, with the Italian giants currently seventh in the Serie A table.

However, despite the two clubs seemingly on two different trajectories, Conte continues to be linked with a Juventus return.

That is largely due to the fact that he has still to sign a new contract at Tottenham. Indeed, Conte has continually stated he is not in any rush to pen a deal.

However, the Italian’s reluctance to commit continues to see Spurs linked with replacements.

Del Piero, though, is not convinced Conte will return to his old club as he’ll be desperate to end Tottenham’s trophy hunt.

No Conte-Juventus talks, for now

The 47-year-old said: “I think now everybody talks about that because Conte did so well at Juve, because the fans love him and because Juve has some problems but I don’t think at the moment there is any conversations.

“This is my personal belief and what I think, nothing that I know to be honest.

“I think now Antonio is very concentrated for what he is doing at Tottenham Hotspur. And the fact they made the round of 16 is a big thing.

“He was able to grow the team last year from the ninth place so he started a journey that is still going well. And he has a lot of things to do there. I think he is concentrated as much as he can on this reality that is for him Tottenham.

“We keep looking and following all the Italians that are not in Italy like him, like (Carlo) Ancelotti. And I think Italians are looking at Antonio to see if he is able to win a trophy with Tottenham.

“I mean Tottenham is a great club in England but the trophy is the thing missing for so long, so I think everybody is looking to see if the team and himself can make it through this journey to win a trophy.”

Del Piero predicts Tottenham Serie A showdown

Del Piero visited Conte a matter of weeks after his appointment at Spurs last November. And he admitted he was blown away by the “amazing” facilities at the club’s training ground in Enfield.

He did not get the chance to watch a fixture at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, after working on the Chelsea versus Juventus match. However, he feels it is written in the stars for his compatriot Conte to return to Italy in the early part of 2023 for a Champions League fixture.

Tottenham could be drawn against either AC Milan or Inter Milan in Monday’s last-16 draw.

“I have a feeling that something will happen to be honest,” Socios ambassador Del Piero admitted.

“It would be crazy if it would be Tottenham against Inter because Antonio was also Inter coach. So it would be a very interesting combination of feelings about these games. Maybe it will happen and we see each other at the (Tottenham) stadium.”

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