Conte eager for return to Italy job - FIGC commissioner

Jonathan Hernandez
February 2, 2018

Mancini was in Rome but we didn't contact him, Conte seems eager to wear Azzurro again, Ancelotti opens and closes the door and Ranieri isn't out either.

For months, Antonio Conte has been linked with an exit from Chelsea and more fuel was added to the fire by the new head of the Italian Football Federation.

Wednesday's shock 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth prompted fresh speculation about Conte's future at Stamford Bridge, after months of mounting tensions between him and the Chelsea board over transfer policy.

'The names are the ones you know, ' the new FIGC commissioner confirmed after his appointment on Thursday. We'll be deciding what do next, together with [Alessandro] Costacurta.

The job became vacant when Gian Piero Ventura quit after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The 46-year-old former Roma and Inter Milan midfielder has coached Italy's Under-21 side since July 2013, leading the Azzurrini to the semi-finals of last year's European Championship in Poland.

Conte said: "There has been a lot of speculation about me".

"We need to evaluate pros and cons for each of them".

Two men that could have a big factor in luring Conte back to managing his national team are Roberto Fabbricini and Alessandro Costacurta.

'The names are those already heard, like Mancini who shared matches with me on the national team and also military service. Ventura took over from Conte after he departed from Chelsea, but had a disastrous spell in charge which led to Italy missing out on FIFA World Cup qualification. We need to start with the interviews, there is no rush but at the same time we do need to make a move. "Don't forget especially for Emerson we are talking about a player coming from a bad injury".

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