‘Conte is preparing to become Chelsea manager’

Fabio Capello claims Antonio Conte is already “preparing” to become Chelsea’s next manager.

Sports5050 understands that the Italy coach is close to agreeing a three-year deal with Chelsea after holding positive talks with the Premier League champions earlier this week.

Conte’s current contract with the Italian national side expires at the end of Euro 2016 and Capello believes the 46-year-old, who won three consecutive Serie A titles as Juventus boss, needs to have an excellent grasp of English in order to succeed.

“Conte is preparing for Chelsea,” Capello told Fox Sports Italia.

“He has the time to arrive and train Chelsea in the best way, as this is an important club.

“I think the most important thing will be the team he is able to put on the field. He needs defenders and there aren’t that many around.

“His communication with the players will also be fundamental. I myself had a difficult experience in Russia where I always had to speak through a translator.

“It was not easy, because the players always expect that extra word from the coach, the decisive statement to let you understand or change something.”

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