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Former Tottenham and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte linked with Napoli as pressure mounts on Rudi Garcia

Antonio Conte could be set for a return to football with Napoli – seven months on from his acrimonious Tottenham exit.

The 54-year-old was sacked by Spurs in March following his explosive rant where he hit out at the club’s players and board after their 3-3 draw at Southampton.

Former Tottenham boss Conte has been without a job since his axing in March

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Former Tottenham boss Conte has been without a job since his axing in MarchCredit: Rex
The Italian could replace Rudi Garcia at Napoli should the Frenchman be sacked

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The Italian could replace Rudi Garcia at Napoli should the Frenchman be sackedCredit: Getty

Conte, who won the Premier League title at Chelsea in 2017, is reportedly on Napoli’s radar following their slow start to the season.

That is according to Sky Sport Italia, who state Rudi Garcia is under pressure with the Serie A champions sitting fifth in the table.

Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat against Fiorentina leaves Napoli seven points behind leaders AC Milan having won just four out of their opening eight league matches.

Garcia only took over from Luciano Spalletti in the summer, but it has been said that the Napoli board are evaluating his position.

And Conte, who has guided Inter Milan and Juventus to the Scudetto, is on their radar should they wield the axe on the Frenchman.

The Italian news outlet has also claimed that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, Garcia and other club officials held a meeting on Monday to discuss his future.

As well as Conte, former Marseille boss and Juventus icon Igor Tudor is believed to be in the running to succeed Garcia should he lose his job.

Speaking at a recent press conference, De Laurentiis declared that he isn’t currently seeing eye-to-eye with Garcia.

Conte has won leagues titles in Italy at both Juventus and Inter Milan

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Conte has won leagues titles in Italy at both Juventus and Inter MilanCredit: Getty

He remarked: “I’m having a bad time with him. I am an entrepreneur, I have the duty to take an interest in my business.

“The coach and the sporting director are at your service. I will make the most appropriate decisions when the time comes to make them.

“The square cannot be conditioning. You must always take a reflective pause. Every hasty decision is wrong.”

It remains to be seen whether Napoli do relieve Garcia of his duties, or if they will give the 59-year-old time to turn things around.

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