Why will national team boss reportedly visit Spurs and Chelsea next week?

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Italy boss Antonio Conte reaffirmed his commitment to the Azzurri earlier this week.

Sportmediaset have reported that Conte will depart for a two-week English tour on Sunday accompanied by Italy team manager Gabriele Oriali.

The former Juventus head coach’s short time on the Azzurri bench has been a tumultuous one, with the side’s performances heavily criticised even without a single loss under Conte.

Conte has also been in conflict with Serie A clubs over his insistence that players be released to attend national team camps, a request so far unfulfilled.

Corriere dello Sport claimed at the weekend that the 45-year-old could resign his post over the row, but the Italy boss refuted the report on Monday in speaking to journalists.

He assured that he intends to see his Azzurri duties through to Euro 2016, with FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio saying the federation would like to extend Conte’s contract.

After a addressing the swirling controversy, Conte looks set to jet out for English shores to make a series of stops on a two-week trip.

According to Sportmediaset, the Italy CT and team manager Oriali will leave on Sunday, with White Hart Lane in their sights for next Thursday’s Europa League encounter between Tottenham and Fiorentina.

The pair will reportedly also pay a visit to Jose Mourinho at Chelsea headquarters in order to observe the Portuguese’s training methods.

Oriali is well acquainted with the Blues manager, as the two worked together at Inter from 2008 to 2010, with the Italian serving as an assistant to Mourinho.

Mourinho and Oriali are known to be close personal friends, as the latter revealed in a candid interview with Lombardia Channel in November 2010.

Sportmediaset also allege that Conte will take the opportunity to see Southampton striker Graziano Pelle in action during his time in England.

The Saints are set to take on Liverpool while Conte is in the country, meaning the Italy boss would also be able to have a live look at Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli at last broke his Premier League duck for Liverpool in scoring the winner against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, while Pelle has scored just three times over the past two months after a hot start at St Mary’s.

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