The man in charge of appointing Italy’s next manager has named Antonio Conte as the ideal candidate.
Italy are without a permanent manager after sacking Gian Piero Ventura in November.
Under-21 manager Luigi di Biagio was installed as interim manager, but the Azzurri are now looking for a more suitable replacement.
Failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup means they can take more time identifying ideal candidates and Chelsea manager Conte, who helped them reach the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, is in the frame.
“I haven’t chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best. I’ll definitely talk with him in a couple of months,” Costacurta told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“He’s already shown he knows how to be national team coach while the others haven’t yet.
“That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be happy with Mancini or with Ancelotti – although (Ancelotti) seems to have removed himself from consideration.”