Turin, Italy (4E Sports) – After leading Juventus to three Serie A championships, Antonio Conte decides to leave the club with still one year remaining in his contract.
The announcement was made via a video on the team’s website.
According to ESPN’s reports, the lack of investment for new players and rumors of key midfielder Arturo Vidal’s transfer to Manchester United affected Conte’s decision.
“I have decided to terminate my contract with Juventus. I have matured with time and my feelings led me to make this choice. It may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus,” the 44-year-old stated.
Conte also thanked Juventus and sees his journey with the organization as a historic one.
Considered replacements for Conte are Massimiliano Allegri, former AC Milan coach and ex-Inter Milan, Manchester City and Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini.
Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus team captain, expressed is forlorned but said this will not affect the team’s performance, instead will help them prove their worth.
“We’ve lost a great coach but great players and a smart club remain in place,” Buffon added.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli also expressed her sentiments towards Conte’s departure.
“Dear Antonio, you have been a great leader for our team and today’s news saddens me immensely,” Agnelli shared through the team’s website.
Agnelli believes they need to start from the ground-up and rebuild their squad before league play starts.
“Juventus will start again with a squad of highly talented, professional footballers who will give their all for the new coach and go on writing this club’s present and future,” she added.