Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian expects incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to be an instant hint in English football. Conte announced on Monday 14 March he will leave his role as Italy manager following Euro 2016 and is widely expected to be named Chelsea's next manager in the coming days.
"I think Conte is a great coach," Darmian told Sky Sport Italia, Tutto Mercato Web report. "I have worked with him with the national team and I have seen the passion he puts into his work. He can definitely bring new tactical ideas in England, as well as his determination and passion for the football."
While Darmian has endured an inconsistent first season in English football, he still hopes to be named in Conte's Azzurri squad for this summer's championship in France. "We want to have a good tournament, we are definitely not going to France just to make up the number," he said. "Our first objective is to get through the group. It won't be easy given the ability of our opponents but we are Italy and getting to the next round must be at least our first step to achieve."
Chelsea are yet to officially announce the arrival of the former Juventus manager but it now seems a formality after confirmation from the FIGC that they will be seeking a new coach later this summer.
Conte followed up their statement to reiterate his immediate focus remains on the Azzurri, despite an imminent return to club management.
In his own statement, the former Juventus stalwart said: "Right now, our highest concentration is addressed solely [on the] European Championship where we will try with the work and sacrifice to make the most of our potential. Those who know me know that my commitment is total. Then I feel I must go back to [being] the coach at a club, having the opportunity to train every day.
"Thanks to President Tavecchio who has accompanied me on a daily basis in this wonderful adventure."