The Blues boss, who guided his side to the Premier League title in 2016-17, recently told RadioUno: “I miss it, that’s beyond doubt. Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, formative experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back. I don’t know when but that’s the aim.”
It has been suggested that a departure from Stamford Bridge could be made as early as 2018, with Conte being linked with several Serie A posts and a possible return to the helm of the Italian national side.
Ranieri doubts a move will be made, though, with the former Chelsea manager of the opinion that the English top-flight remains the best place for the world’s leading coaches.
“Maybe he was expecting a different transfer campaign, but for a few years now [Roman] Abramovich hasn’t been doing crazy spending.
While one of his Chelsea successors remains very much in a job in west London, another finds himself out of the dugout following a difficult stint at Bayern Munich.
Carlo Ancelotti has been relieved of his duties at the Allianz Arena and Ranieri believes that his fellow Italian paid the price for taking a position at a club in need of a complete overhaul.
He added when pressed for his opinion on Ancelotti’s dismissal: “Welcome to the club!
“I don’t know the details, but maybe Carlo left some players out to get a reaction from them.
“He paid for it with his job, but in the long run I think Bayern need to be overhauled because certain players have been there too long and don’t have the same motivation.”