Italian FA sub-commissioner rules out Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's return as Italy head coach
Posted: 5 February 2018 Time: 12:55
Acting sub-commissioner of the Italian FA (FIGC) Alessandro Costacurta has denied Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is in line for a sensational return to manage Italy.
According to reports in Italian media last week, the Blues boss was keen on returning to manage the Azzurri to succeed the sacked Gian Piero Ventura, who failed to lead the European giants to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
However, Costacurta has swiftly denied the rumours and claims several targets for the job aren't prepared to leave club management for the role.
"The availability on the market is going to be a fundamental aspect in the choice of the future Italy coach," the former AC Milan defender told Sky Sport Italia.
"Conte, for example, has ruled himself out of the running for the national team job because he has said he wants to be a club coach for the next 18 months.
"Even [Roberto] Mancini is contracted to a club, so it's not as easy as it might seem to get them. While it's true we've got hugely talented coaches, we still need to see who is available."