Reports from Sky Sport Italia indicate that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was contacted by Real Madrid but the Italian manager told the La Liga giants that he intends to respect his contract with Chelsea.

The rumors that the Los Blancos were interested in the Italian emerged in Marca, as they seek a replacement for the departed Zinedine Zidane.

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Reports are rife in Itay that Real Madrid called Conte to ask if he was interested in taking charge as club boss, but were turned down as Conte outlined a number of reasons, the first one being that he wants to honor his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will have to pay Conte £10m as a penalty if they fire him, but it’s a no-brainer that he’ll be irritated with the club’s reported continued negotiations with other coaches without speaking to him about his future at the club.

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Conte also expressed concern over the work ethic of the Real Madrid squad and that their insistence on star names would not suit his approach.

Regardless, alternatives to Conte include Maurizio Sarri and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.