Conte coy on Italy rumours

Lynette Rowe
November 19, 2017

The Italian FA have spoken to Carlo Ancelotti about succeeding Gian Piero Ventura as the national team's head coach, according to Sky Italy. Seeing them crash out gave me tremendous sadness.

Ventura, 69, is the first Italy manager not to lead the team into a World Cup. There are a lot of rumours, but I think for the federation it's right to take time to find the best solution.

With the whole country - and much of world football - still in shock in over Italy's absence from next year's finals, Ventura, who was under contract until 2020, defended his record, saying he lost only two games in two years.

Conte has reportedly already chose to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer following a number of disagreements over the club's transfer policy but refused to commit when asked directly whether he would consider a return to global management.

"It is not the fault of one or two or three people".

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Antonio Conte who had success with the Italian national team admitted he just wants to focus on training Chelsea for now.

On the 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden, who won the opening leg and held Italy goalless in Milan, Mancini said: "I thought the Nazionale was very unlucky, especially in the second leg when they wasted a lot of chances, but football is a very unusual sport".

"You must also put this person in the best condition to change something, not for them to find a lot of obstacles in their way".

However, the Blues manager has ruled out a return to the four-time world champions, insisting that he is "very focused on Chelsea and totally committed to the club".

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