Carlo Ancelotti has not yet been offered the Italy national team job, despite reports claiming an agreement was in place.
Sky Sports in Italy reported that Ancelotti met Italian Football Federation commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in Rome on Monday night, when details such as backroom staff were discussed. It was also claimed that the coach, who has taken a break since being sacked by Bayern Munich in October, was offered a two-year contract.
However, those reports have been dismissed by Costacurta.
“Carlo was in Rome for personal reasons,” he told Sky Sports in Italy. “I always stay in that hotel and we found each other there. We did not talk about the job, we only joked about the opportunity.
“You have to talk about many things, the program and finances, but we could not talk about them.
“Since we are loyal to the rules, we talked about something else. It is true, there is a vision that could see Carlo, like others, on the bench of the national team, but the rules are important and we must follow them.
“The deadline is May 20 and you know I wouldn’t go against the rules. Unfortunately we spoke about something else.”
Asked if there would be an official meeting with Ancelotti, he added: “Yes, but I still do not know when. We need people who are available, we cannot get close to contracted coaches. This is the problem.”
Ancelotti has also been linked with vacant Arsenal manager’s job.