LONDON — Antonio Conte has confirmed that his wife and daughter will move to England this summer as he lays down roots in London ahead of his second season at Chelsea.
Reports from the Italian media in recent months had suggested Conte might be tempted to accept a lucrative offer to take over at Inter Milan at the end of the season in order to be closer to wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria, who have remained living in Italy despite regularly attending matches at Stamford Bridge.
The decision to live apart was taken in order to allow Vittoria to see out the school year, but Conte — who admitted in March that adjusting to England without his family was “not easy” — says the long-term plan for them to join him will go ahead this summer.
“Honestly for sure this season wasn’t easy for me about my family, because we decided my wife and my daughter would stay in Italy to allow my daughter to finish school,” Conte said.
“But, for sure, next season our intention is to keep all the family in England and stay together. It will be a good opportunity, also, for my daughter to live in another country. To go to school in another country is a fantastic opportunity, and a great gift for her.”
Asked if he and his wife have already begun looking at houses and schools in West London, Conte replied: “Yes, but don’t forget that my wife … we chose the school also last season, an Italian school, and this is the last problem [to solve]. In England, and above all in London, there are wonderful schools for the kids.”
Any adjustment problems have not manifested themselves on the pitch, where Conte has led Chelsea to a second Premier League title in three seasons with two matches to spare, as well as the final of the FA Cup.
Victory over relegated Sunderland on the final day at Stamford Bridge will see the Blues become the first team in the competition’s history to win 30 matches in a season, and Conte does not believe the feat will be easily repeated.
“For my players and me, the most important thing was we won the league,” he added. “To win the league is a great achievement.
“Then we have the possibility to write our name in history with this target, this achievement. Thirty wins… it won’t be easy to repeat this achievement in the future.
“We must be focused, we must be concentrated to try to win on Sunday. I was at the Arsenal game against Sunderland in midweek and they did not find it easy. Don’t forget Sunderland won at Hull City, so it won’t be easy to try and do this.”