Premier League star backs next Chelsea manager to excel

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has backed his national boss Antonio Conte to excel at Chelsea should he be appointed as the new manager of the Blues.

The West London outfit have had a forgettable campaign to date, with Jose Mourinho sacked after a lacklustre start to 2015-16.

Guus Hiddink has been appointed as the club’s interim manager until the end of the season, with Conte the frontrunner to be handed the position on a permanent basis.

The Azzurri boss will lead his nation to Euro 2016 this summer, with Pelle set to be part of the Italy squad at the tournament.

The towering centre forward has backed Conte to do well in England and bring the glory days back to Chelsea.

“The coach has the qualities to do well in any tournament. If he does choose to come to the Premier League then he’ll be very welcome,” Pelle told Rai Sport (via Sky Sports).

“It’s a tough league, but I am convinced Conte will do well. The English press is really hard when it comes to gossip, but on that score I don’t think the coach has anything to worry about.

“When it comes to talking about football, I think Italian media might be tougher, but it’s only to be expected in the sport.”

Conte excelled at Juventus and transformed the Turin outfit into the dominant force of Italian football before leaving to take on the national post, but he would have his hands full with high expectations at Stamford Bridge.