Antonio Conte announced his departure from Juventus in a video message and hinted at the Italy job.
“I need to announce the consensual decision to terminate the contract with Juventus, which tied us together for this season,” he told Juventus Channel in the video below.
“There was a journey towards this decision.”
“Let’s say that winning is first of all difficult, wherever you are. It is inevitable that at such a prestigious and historically winning side as Juventus you are obliged to win, so it can be tough.
“However, someone who has proved himself to be a winner can survive that stress and I think I’ve proved it.”
Conte was asked whether he would be up for the “prestigious and open” current Italy job, vacated by Cesare Prandelli after the World Cup.
“At this moment I am thinking about the present and the decision I just made.”
Does he have a message for Bianconeri fans?
“I say what they already know, a huge and infinite thanks for everything they’ve shown me over the years, both as a Coach and a player.
“What I want is for the fans to be proud of our three years, as we achieved something historic with three consecutive titles and the Serie A points record. Nobody can take that away from us.
“I want to thank all the players I’ve worked with over the years, who helped me to become a winning Coach and helped me to grow.
“I thank the club and Andrea Agnelli for choosing me three years ago in a tough moment for Juventus. I thank the kit staff, groundskeepers, chefs, everyone ho contributed with me to help this Juventus.”
What does the future hold for Conte?
“I’ll think about that tomorrow.”