Ranieri believes Conte is keen to stay at Chelsea despite links with...

Ranieri believes Conte is keen to stay at Chelsea despite links with AC Milan

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King Antonio Conte celebrating last season title at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea and current Nantes manager Claudio Ranieri has praised Antonio Conte after several speculations linked the Italian boss with a move back to Italian Serie A next season.

Ranieri, in an exclusive interview for La Gazzetta dello Sport, said: “The Premier League remains the best and I have not been convinced of Conte’s desire to return home. 

“Maybe he was expecting a different transfer window but for a few years, Abramovich has not paid crazy prices.

“Manchester City and Manchester United on the other hand have made big buys so I can imagine that for Antonio to fight on more fronts with the same players is more tiring.”

Ranieri, who spent four seasons in West London with the Blues, won the Premier League title at Leicester City in 2015/16 campaign.