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Antonio Conte ‘open’ to return to Juventus if Italian giants send Max Allegri home

Antonio Conte has been linked with a sensational return to Juventus should the club sack boss Max Allegri.

The pressure has increased on Allgeri after Juve suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by bottom side Monza at the weekend. The Italians also lost both of their opening games in the Champions League.

The Torino club are currently eighth in Serie A after two wins from their first seven games. Their poor start to the campaign has fueled speculation that the club may be looking to replace Allegri, who has been criticized by fans.

Should Allegri lose his job, current Tottenham manager Conte is said to be “open” to a Juventus return, according to reports in Italy.

Juve are believed to be encouraged by the fact that Conte has yet to extend his contract at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium beyond next summer.

However, the 53-year-old said in August he was happy at north London and was ready to stay for the long term if the club continued to make progress.

Things have certainly evolved for Spurs on the pitch this season as the club are unbeaten in the Premier League so far and sit just a point behind leaders Arsenal.

Nonetheless, the Italian has previously said he has ‘unfinished business’ at Turin and remains Juventus director Pavel Nedved’s first choice to replace Allegri should he be sacked.

Conte managed Juventus between 2011 and 2014, winning three Serie A titles before dramatically falling out with club boss Andrea Agnelli after feeling unsupported in the transfer market.

This animosity continued to grow even after Conte’s departure, leading to the former midfielder famously pointing the middle finger at Agnelli during a Copa Italia game when he was in charge of Inter Milan.

However, Nedved remains a staunch supporter of Conte and tried to bring him back to the club in 2019 only to be vetoed by Agnelli and switched to Maurizio Sarri instead.

Conte was spotted in Turin during the international break while visiting his wife and daughter, who still live in the city.

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