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Conte leaves Juventus

Head coach Antonio Conte has left Serie A champions Juventus by mutual consent.

The former Juve captain led the club to three straight Scudettos during his time at the helm as well as securing back-to-back Supercoppa Italiana successes.

Conte also agreed a new deal with the Italian champions in May that would have kept him under contract for a further year until 2015.

However, the club confirmed on Tuesday that the deal has been mutually ended, stating he had become tired with Juve’s dominance.

“I need to announce the consensual decision to terminate the contract with Juventus, which tied us together for this season,” Conte told the club’s official website.

“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, a former Italy international, has regularly been linked with taking up a coaching role with the Azzurri as a successor to Cesare Prandelli.

However, he quashed suggestions this was behind his decision to quit, adding: “I’m living in the present, I’m thinking about this decision I just took.”

Conte has had to deal with plenty of speculation regarding the club’s star players in recent months, with Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba both linked with moves away.

Vidal is reportedly a target for Manchester United, while Pogba is said to be the subject of interest from Chelsea.

Tue 15 Jul, 2014
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