ANTONIO Conte will stay as Chelsea manager amid links to Inter because the challenge of taking them back into the Champions League is too good to resist, according to Marcello Lippi. Lippi, who like Conte formerly managed Juventus
and Italy, does not believe the prospect of taking the Inter job would appeal to the Stamford Bridge boss at this early stage of his career in England. Despite the 47-year-old’s continued denials, speculation still links him with a move to San Siro, while Diego Simeone is another rumoured candidate to replace Stefano Pioli as the Serie A club’s Chinese owners Suning target a big name. But Lippi, who coached Conte at Juve in his playing days, is not buying reports that that he could be tempted to leave Chelsea, even with a five-year contract worth £50million reportedly on the table from Inter. Chelsea, winners of Europe’s elite club competition in 2012, missed out on a place this time around after last season’s mid-table finish, but Conte has set them on course for a return as the Blues sit top of the Premier League.

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