Paper Talk: Man Utd get food for thought as Conte sets out ambitious demands

Date published: Saturday 23rd October 2021 8:41 - Jonny Whitfield

Antonio Conte during his Chelsea days in a Premier League game at Manchester United

Antonio Conte has outlined his ambitions for his next job amid links with Manchester United, while the chances of a key Chelsea exit grow – both in all the latest Paper Talk.

CONTE SETS OUT MAN UTD DEMANDS

Antonio Conte’s main aim at his next club is to win the first Champions League of his managerial career amid links with Manchester United, according to a report.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under increasing pressure at Old Trafford following a rocky run of form. His side may have come back from 2-0 down to beat Atalanta 3-2 on Wednesday, but the first-half showing left the likes of Paul Scholes worried.

Indeed, Scholes has warned that Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool is a real test of Solskjaer’s credentials.

United have unwavering faith in the Norwegian, but Conte remains a potential successor in the background. He is still without a job after leaving Inter in the summer.

While he guided the Serie A club to the league title last season – the fourth of his managerial career – Conte has never won the Champions League as a coach.

Speaking to the Transfer Window PodcastDaily Record journalist Duncan Castles revealed that the Italian is “interested” in the Old Trafford job.

CONTE EYES CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SUCCESS

Antonio Conte, former Inter coach

He added: “Antonio Conte, when he chooses his next club, wants a club where he can win the Champions League.

“He wants to demonstrate, he’s wanted to do it for a long time, that he is one of the very best coaches in world football.

“To do that he knows he has to win the Champions League, so Manchester United are interesting because of the squad they’ve got, because of their status and because of the resource that is behind them.”

Castles also revealed that Conte would have to have consistent financial support from the board and no outside input over his tactics.

He would also require the players to fully back his project and support him while being pushed hard by their manager.


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AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK

Antonio Rudiger Chelsea

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are growing increasingly confident of a deal to snap up Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. (ESPN)

Rudiger would like to stay at Stamford Bridge, but the race for him is ‘open’. (Fabrizio Romano)

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is closing in on the Newcastle job following a successful interview. However, board members had to sort out a disagreement over the candidates. (Daily Mirror)

Magpies defender Jamaal Lascelles has insisted that the players must take responsibility for Steve Bruce’s sacking. (Daily Mail)

Bruce’s interim successor, Graeme Jones, meanwhile, has outlined his vision for success while he is in charge. (Newcastle Chronicle)

SALAH MAKES LIVERPOOL CONTRACT STATEMENT

Mohamed Salah in action for Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League game against Crystal Palace

Mohamed Salah has insisted that he wants to stay at Liverpool until he retires, but that a new contract is in the club’s hands. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no doubts that Salah can follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s suit and maintain his best form into his thirties. (Liverpool Echo)

Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes inspired Manchester United’s win over Atalanta with a half-time rant. (The Sun)

Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek has asked his agent to try to get him a move to Real Madrid. Indeed, the Dutchman feels he would fit in well there. (The Sun)

WINKS ADMITS TOTTENHAM FUTURE DOUBT

Harry Winks playing a pass

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has cast major doubt over his future at Spurs following a tough start to the season. (The Times)

The Premier League is emerging as a likely next destination for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who now has interest from Tottenham and Manchester City. (90min)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will reject any transfer offers for Alexandre Lacazette in January. Instead, he will let the striker leave for free next summer. (The Sun)

Wolves star Pedro Neto will see a club doctor in Portugal next week to try to advance his recovery from a knee injury. He has been out since February. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are willing to join Barcelona in the hunt for Ajax winger Antony. (El Nacional)

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