Italy to hold talks with Chelsea boss Conte

Date published: Friday 2nd February 2018 11:58

The Italian FA will discuss a possible return to the Italian national team job with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Azzurri chiefs are ready to fly to London to sound out the beleaguered Blues coach, whose future at Stamford Bridge is coming under increased scrutiny.

Italian FA vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta revealed there are “four or five” candidates including Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti to replace Gian Piero Ventura in the Azzurri role.

“We have the best researchers, best chefs and even the best coaches in the world,” Costacurta told Corriere della Sera.

“We can’t make mistakes. I think I’ll have to move quickly. I’ll go to London to talk to Conte. Ancelotti’s also there.

“Mancini? I know him well. I’ve read that he’s become available, but he’s not the only one that I’ll talk to.

“Until a few years ago, I thought the [national team coach] was only a selector. Then I saw Conte at work in France and realised you could also choose someone opposite to that description.

“Antonio did a fantastic job at the Euros. In short, he can also coach the national team. We won’t have to wait too long, but we have to do things right.

“Our objective is to tear off a page that has done a lot of harm to all of us, even if it wasn’t only Ventura’s fault, and then bring the Azzurri back up to where they deserve to be for their history and tradition.”

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