Antonio Conte, 54, has rejected Napoli’s offer for the firebrand.
“Conte had a long and direct conversation with Napoli today,” said European transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano on Wednesday. The discussions were not positive, as he has decided to continue to wait for new opportunities.”
“Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis spoke directly with Conte, but no agreement was reached. Conte wants to wait before accepting a new coaching position.”
Britain’s 90min also reported, “Conte has decided on his future. Napoli have approached him, but he has no intention of returning to football as the new Napoli manager.”
“Napoli have reached out to Conte,” the outlet continued. However, Conte was not particularly pleased as Rudi Garcia is still in charge of Napoli. He met with De Laurentiis in person and had a friendly exchange. However, it was not enough to change Conte’s mind that the Napoli job was not for him at the moment.”
Conte will only consider the job once Napoli have sacked Garcia. “The situation could change if Garcia is sacked,” says 90min. But it doesn’t seem likely,” he added.
Napoli have been considering a change of manager recently. After lifting the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years, Napoli parted ways with Luciano Spalletti and appointed Garcia. However, he is in crisis after eight league games.
The defeat to Fiorentina at home on Sept. 9 was decisive. Napoli lost 1-3 to Fiorentina in the eighth round of the 2023-2024 Serie A season at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Napoli conceded a goal in the seventh minute of the first half, and two more in the second. Victor Osimhen equalized from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time, but that was it.
The loss leaves Napoli with four wins, two draws, and two losses in eight league games. After opening the season with back-to-back wins over Frosinone and Sassuolo, they have faltered in their last six games with just two wins, two draws, and two losses. They are still fifth in the standings, but could drop down to 10th or lower depending on the outcome of their next game.
It’s a far cry from last season, when a dominant performance secured an early title. As a result, Napoli president De Laurentiis is pulling out the knives. According to Sky Sport Italia, Napoli have already called Garcia to speak with him. “There is no peace for Garcia. President De Laurentiis is worried about the team’s performance and is reviewing the coach’s position.”스포츠토토
Napoli want Conte to succeed Garcia. The Italian left Tottenham in March after criticizing the club and players, and is still without a job. Sky Sport Italia reports that “Conte is a longtime target of president De Laurentiis. He is the only one willing to spend big.”
Napoli fans are also desperately looking for Conte. Those who want to see Garcia go have flocked to Conte’s social media, with comments such as “Come to Naples and eat delicious pizza,” “Naples has a great sea, you can go on a yacht and go to a vacation spot. Think about it,” “Come to Naples,” “Come to Naples,” and “We are waiting for the announcement.
Conte, however, insists there is no rush. “I am hearing big rumors that I am close to important clubs. But for now, my plan is to wait and enjoy life with my family,” he dismissed.
90min analyzed that Conte could be waiting for an offer from Real Madrid. “Conte has been consistently linked to Real Madrid over the past few years. In addition, Carlo Ancelotti is nearing the end of his contract and is expected to take the Brazil job. The longer Conte remains unemployed, the more the speculation could grow.”