Revealed: Chelsea had chance to sign Inter Milan versatile midfielder

There was a time when Antonio Conte was Chelsea boss, which was a time when the west Londoners won a Premier League.

The Italian tactician came in, won the trophy in his first season in charge, and then left when things did not quite turn out the same the following campaign when they finished fifth.

Antonio still made quite the impact and could have done so even more if he’d managed to land one of the players he wanted at the time: Antonio Candreva.

The Italian attacker was one of the names ticked by the current Inter chief, who eventually got to work with him at club level a couple of seasons later, but the move never materialised in spite of some attempts from the Stamford Bridge side.

Now on loan at Sampdoria, the 33-year-old star was asked to look back to that time for La Gazzetta dello Sport, who brought up his failed transfer to Chelsea.

Antonio said: “There was a strong interest during the January transfer window, but nothing happened because I’d only just arrived at Inter (the previous summer from Lazio).

“If in the future, the possibility (of having an experience abroad) arrives, I could consider a nice offer”.

Antonio was sent to Sampdoria in September on an original loan, but the transfer will be made permanent next year, with the Serie A giants paying Inter a fee of just over £2 million.

All in all, he will have spent four years with I Nerazzurri, a time he describes as ‘beautiful’, and states Candreva always gave his all for the club.

Now a new chapter has presented itself, even if it is one that has made him stay in Italy, his homeland and the one when he has always played football in.