Frank Lampard: 'Antonio Conte has the pedigree to manage Chelsea'

Italy's coach Antonio Conte follows the action during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group H qualifying football match Norway vs Italy on September 9, 2014
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Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes that Antonio Conte would be a good choice as the club's next manager.

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has backed Antonio Conte to succeed at the club should he be named as their next manager.

The 46-year-old has been heavily linked with the Stamford Bridge post this summer, with interim boss Guus Hiddink not expected to extend his stay having taken over from Jose Mourinho in December.

Conte has already confirmed that he will leave his current job with the Italy national team after Euro 2016 in order to return to club management, and Lampard believes that he would be a good fit at Chelsea.

"I don't know him too well but he's got a great pedigree, a great recent record with Juventus. I spoke with Andrea Pirlo about him and he has nothing but good words to say about him," he told BT Sport.

"I think he's hard-working, he'll have the players working hard. He has what fans and players like to see, that determination, that will to win.

"It's a difficult job at Chelsea now considering what's happened this year, so we'll see. If it is him, I think he has the pedigree to do it, but the decision has not been made so we'll see."

Conte won three consecutive Serie A titles during his time in charge of Juventus.

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