Saturday July 19 2014
Nedved: 'Conte was simply tired'

Pavel Nedved reveals Antonio Conte quit Juventus because “he no longer had the energy to continue and had wanted to resign in May.”

Nedved is a member of the Bianconeri backroom staff and told a Czech newspaper the reason Conte abruptly terminated his contract two days into pre-season training.

“Antonio resigned because he no longer had the energy to continue, not because of any disagreements with the directors,” assured Nedved.

“He already wanted to resign in May, but we talked it over and convinced him to think about it over the holidays.

“When he came back, he decided that he didn’t want to carry on. None of what the media have said about Conte’s resignation has been correct. He was simply tired.

“It’s true his decision surprised us, even if I’d already seen his fatigue towards the end of last season.”

Conte is now widely expected to take over as the new Italy Coach once the Federation elects its President next month.

Juventus rushed through the arrival of Massimiliano Allegri within 24 hours of Conte’s exit.

“The transfer strategy does not change. We still do not intend on selling any of our important players.”

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