Conte dismisses Ferguson comparisons

The 43-year-old does not believe he will be with the Serie A champions for anything like the same length of time the Manchester United boss has remained at Old Trafford
Juventus coach Antonio Conte has dismissed comparisons with Sir Alex Ferguson and believes it would be "boring" to stay with the same club for 26 years.

Conte spent 13 years with the Bianconeri as a player and has been in charge of the side for a further two - clinching a second successive Serie A title last week.

But with the Manchester United boss announcing his retirement after 26 years at Old Trafford, Conte has dismissed comparisons with the outgoing Scot.

"Me the Ferguson of Juventus? First of all I want to applaud a great manager, but I think it will get boring staying on the same bench for as long as 26 years," Conte remarked elusively after the match.

"I dont think we could've achieved anything more in these two years. We achieved the absolute maximum. The players have done magnificent things.

"If someone thinks I am happy at just winning the league though, they are mistaken. I'm hungrier than ever. A coach always has to find ways to improve the squad. It's not just about the quality, but the hunger to win.

"Everyone will expect bigger things from us. They'll want us to win the Scudetto again and to do better in the Champions League. We will do our best."

Earlier on Friday, the former midfielder told BBC Sport he would be tempted by a move to the Premier League in the future: "I didn't go abroad as as a football player. I would love to do it as a manager," he added.

"I hope, in the future, to be a coach in the Premier League. I have this aspiration, as this would enable me to improve my professional career. And the time will come for that."