In bizarre fashion, Juventus head-coach, Antonio Conte has left Juventus just one day after his squad came back together for pre-season training.
Conte, 44, had a year remaining on his contract with the Serie A winners; but revealed that, “it may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus in the future”. A surprise turn of events from Conte who has led his side to three consecutive Italian league titles since joining in 2011.
Conte’s departure will no doubt increase the speculation surrounding Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. The Chilean has been a key player in Juve’s rise to the summit of Serie A and has impressed the world with his performances for club and country.
With the news of Manchester United ready to make a big money swoop for the Chilean midfielder, speculation from the Guardian has suggested that Conte quit his job because he knew he wouldn’t be able to keep hold of his best assets, Vidal for instance.
As the saga continues with United and Vidal, this could prove to be one of the biggest indications yet that the 27-year-old is ready to leave Italy to join the Premier League along with fellow countryman, Alexis Sanchez who has recently joined Arsenal.
United have made it no secret of their plans to strengthen this summer and manager Louis van Gaal is a supposed fan of Vidal’s qualities.
Alas, the Conte resignation and the Vidal saga is merely speculation as of yet, but it does prove to be a coincidence from a manager who has dominated the Italian league in recent years.
Why leave now?