Conte hints at future role with Inter

The 43-year-old has refused to rule out taking charge at the Nerazzurri in future, and insists his side are not distracted by the looming Bayern Munich clash
Juventus coach Antonio Conte has admitted he could be tempted to take the helm at Inter in the future.

The Bianconeri face Andrea Stramaccioni's side in this weekend's Derby d'Italia on Saturday, and Conte failed to rule out the notion of taking charge of his side's Serie A rivals one day.

When asked at a press conference if he could be tempted by the role, Conte replied to reporters: “You can never say never in football."

Juventus face a titanic Champions League clash with Bayern Munich next week, but Conte insisted his primary focus was on securing maximum points on Saturday.

“For us the game with a capital G is the one against the Nerazzurri," he said. "We are certainly not thinking about the Bayern game, we are focused on Inter.

"I know from experience that if you try to calculate results then you run the risk of getting things wrong. You have to think about one game at a time. I’ll pick the best side possible and I expect an open game. The draw would not be a good result for either of us."

Conte was also quick to leap to the defence of youngster Paul Pogba, after the France starlet was sent off against Spain in their crucial World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

“I saw the game and I thought his dismissal was wrong seeing as the first booking was non existent, when you consider that he jumps normally for the ball," Conte explained.

“With experience he could have avoided the second yellow, but I have to compliment him as he’s showing the progress he has made with us by playing for his country.”