Sullivan shares what reportedly Chelsea-bound Antonio Conte told him about West Ham move

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David Sullivan has revealed that West Ham wanted Chelsea-bound Antonio Conte before appointing Slaven Bilic.

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has told The Mirror that he attempted to bring Antonio Conte to Upton Park last summer.

The Hammers have enjoyed a superb season under Croatian Slaven Bilic, who returned to the club having played as a defender during the 1990's.

Currently just one point away from a Champions League place, the Hammers have taken 11 points from their last five Premier League games, and are close to a historic final season at Upton Park.

The success this season just goes to show that co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan were right to move on from former manager Sam Allardyce at the end of last season, with Bilic showing that he is certainly the right man for the job.

However, Sullivan has now opened up about how West Ham did in fact contact former Juventus boss Antonio Conte about taking the job before they appointed Bilic.

Conte, who is currently in charge of the Italian national team ahead of this summer's European Championships, is leaving that role this summer, and is expected to take charge of Chelsea, as recently reported by The Telegraph.

Sullivan has though admitted to The Mirror that he spoke to Conte about taking the West Ham job, and the Italian responded by saying he wouldn't take the job at that time but could have been tempted a year on - yet with that time now upon us, Conte is set for Chelsea, and Sullivan claims he would rather have Bilic anyway.

"We wanted a big name. He had taken over the Italian team a year previously and was basically unbeaten," said Sullivan. "He told us, 'I’d be lynched but I’d love to come in a year. I’d consider it in a year’. This year’s up and he has taken them to the Euros. It was a short but positive conversation."

"He’s a got a massive record of winning things. He’d have had great connections in Italy, played sexy football and it would have been be jolly good. With a team like Chelsea you have to bring in a manager who has won things at a top level. You can’t take a risk."

"I’d stay with Slaven now. You stick with what you know. With the ammunition he has had, if it wasn’t for Leicester you’d say he couldn’t do any better!" he added.

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