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Antonio Conte: “At my level, it is better to wait until June, than take a train already in motion”

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Italian coach speaks out for the first time since talks with Real Madrid broke down

Italian Football Federation ‘Panchina D’Oro’ Prize Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Antonio Conte was back in Italy today and spoke publicly to Italian sports channel, Rai Sport, about his return to coaching. It was the first appearance from the former Chelsea manager since Sergio Ramos infamous quotes after El Clasico. As to be suspected, one of the first questions asked of Antonio was regarding the Madrid captain’s statements and he responded: “When a coach arrives at a team, he must bring education and respect, something that he would expect from the players too. When this goes wrong, the problems begin” a clear statement back to Sergio Ramos. From a professional perspective, Conte is right—both coaches and players need to have the right attitude, especially at the onset of a relationship, to find success.

The Italian went on to describe the importance of gradual changes when joining a new club, “We Italian coaches have a great culture of work and when you join a new club you can’t change everything, you must try and do it very gradually. Each coach must be a good tailor and adapt their beliefs to the human material that they have at their disposal,” he commented. When pressed further about the Madrid role and his future, Conte’s thoughts were clear, “for a coach of my level, it is better to wait until June, than take a train that is already in motion,” the Italian concluded.

Had talks with Real Madrid not broken down, his sentiments would likely be very different. But for the time being, both Madrid and Conte will need to move on as all reports suggest that Santiago Solari will be stripped of the interim title and handed a contract to be the new official Real Madrid first team manager. After four wins, 15 goals scored, and 2 conceded—we enter the Santiago Solari era.