- Napoli midfielder Lorenzo Insigne backs his former manager to replace Conte at Chelsea
- The Italian tactician has attracted attention from the Blues chiefs
- He managed Napoli for three seasons before ending his reign at the club this summer
Italy international Lorenzo Insigne has reportedly confirmed that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
The 59-year-old quit his position as the head coach of the Serie A side at the completion of the 2017-18 season, and has been heavily linked with the Blues job.
Though, Conte defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup final this month to win their only title last season, however, his future at the club remains uncertain.
Before now, former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti were favourites for the job, but Sarri seem to have overtaken over the favourites tag.
And in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Insigne dropped a huge hint that his former boss will be a Premier League manager next season.
"If I sit on the Chelsea bench, I will be happy because he did well with Napoli and our football was appreciated by everyone,” he said as quoted by Calcio Mercato.
"I wish him good luck and I hope he brings his mentality there.”
Chelsea are desperate for fresh faces this summer as they look to bounce back from a disappointing Premier League campaign.
The west London side finished fifth in the table, missing out on Champions League football.
Sarri’s main objective this summer will be keeping hold of Chelsea’s key players, with Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante all linked with moves away.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Chelsea superstar reportedly has reportedly thrown his weight behind former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte at the Stamford Bridge nest season according to the Mirror.
The Belgium was said to have had a chat with his countryman Dries Mertens while preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Conte still has one more year on his contract with the Blues, but Hazard seems unapproved of the former Juventus handler continuing at the club next season.
He was unable to defend the title he won in his first season at the Bridge after joining them in the summer of 2016.
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