Rumours of Ibrahimovic moving to Turin have gathered pace over the last week, particularly after he claimed it was "an honour to be courted by Juventus" and that they were a "fantastic club". 

And while the Swedish striker, who had a two-year spell at the club between 2004 and 2006, also said he was contracted to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, Conte fuelled the fire by claiming that Ibrahimovic's comments were "a big compliment".

"Ibrahimovic has said that Juventus is a big club and that he was pleased with the Bianconeri's [Juventus] flattery," Conte said.

"It's a big compliment from a big player. There are many others who think along the same lines and if you were to ask Suarez or any other big player they'd say the same thing. 

"It is evident to everybody that we're doing some good work here."

Conte refused to speak further about transfers though, and added that it was difficult to attract the world's best players to the Serie A due to financial constraints.

"I won't speak about the transfer market, I have too much respect for my players," he said.

"Serie A is a difficult league to win unlike many foreign championships, even though there are fewer big players here than there were in the past. 

"It is inevitable that the best players will go where they get the most money, and no team in Italy can afford to pay eight, nine or 10 million euros a year to one player."