February 1, 2018

'Conte Eager To Make Italy Return'  (Sky Sports)

Antonio COnteAntonio Conte is "eager" to return to his previous job as Italy manager, according to the new president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Roberto Fabbricini.

Conte coached the Italian national team between 2014-16 before moving into his current role as Chelsea head coach.

The Italian led Chelsea to the title last season but they are now 18 points behind leaders Manchester City and suffered a 3-0 home defeat by Bournemouth on Wednesday.

There are suggestions Conte is unhappy in his role amid disagreements with the club's hierarchy, predominantly over transfers.

Italy are currently without a manager following the departure of Gian Piero Ventura after he failed to guide them to the 2018 World Cup.

When asked which names he was considering to fill the role, Fabbricini said: "The names are the ones you know.

"(Roberto) Mancini was in Rome but we didn't contact him, Conte seems eager to wear the national shirt again, (Carlo) Ancelotti opens and closes the door and (Claudio) Ranieri isn't out either.

"No one is in pole position."

Former AC Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Costacurta, who is part of the team overseeing the FIGC, said "Conte performed a sporting miracle" during his time in charge of Italy.

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