Antonio Conte reportedly has demands in place if he were to be approached to be the next Manchester United manager.
Conte has been rumoured as a potential successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if United ever opt to sack their current boss. The Red Devils have not won a trophy under Solskjaer and have had an indifferent start to the season in all competitions.
United are five points off top spot in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash with unbeaten rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
They’ve relied on two late Cristiano Ronaldo winners in the Champions League and are already out of the Carabao Cup.
Ronaldo’s late goal in Wednesday’s comeback win over Atalanta at Old Trafford did however ease the pressure on Solskjaer somewhat.
But rumours continue to circulate about a long-term successor to the former striker.
Speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles said former Chelsea boss Conte would require unwavering support from the United board if he were to take over after reports this week claimed he ‘would be interested’ in taking the job.
Conte, who left Inter Milan at the end of last season, would also require the freedom to play whichever formation he would want.
Castles claims the Italian wants his next club to be competing to win the Champions League in order to prove he is one of the best coaches in world football.
Castles said: “I think there are two obvious candidates in terms of coaches who have achieved at the top level of the game, who are out of work and would be available to Manchester United without compensation fees.
“One is Zinedine Zidane and one is Antonio Conte. Conte’s position, I’m told, is that he is interested in the Manchester United job but not without restrictions.
“Antonio Conte, when he chooses his next club, wants a club where he can win the Champions League.
“He wants to demonstrate, he’s wanted to do it for a long time, that he is one of the very best coaches in world football.
“To do that he knows he has to win the Champions League, so Manchester United are interesting because of the squad they’ve got, because of their status and because of the resource that is behind them.”