Conte Is "Eager To Return" As Italy Manager

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'Mancini was in Rome but we didn't contact him, Conte seems eager to wear Azzurro again, Ancelotti opens and closes the door and Ranieri isn't out either'.

Italy, the four-time world champions, failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation after losing to Sweden in the play-offs in November.

The Blues suffered a 3-0 defeat at home against Bournemouth on Wednesday, leaving them fourth in the Premier League standings, 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.

"We immediately invested in Costacurta [pictured], who will choose the new CT, a charismatic Coach who knows our football, and the names you've read all come under this description", he told Radio Crc.

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Ventura was sacked after Italy failed to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 and FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio resigned.

Roberto Fabbricini has been appointed to the role and has wasted no time in frankly discussing who could be the next Italian manager. "Now, however, we will evaluate what to do together with Costacurta".

'There's no-one in pole position, we have to evaluate the pros and cons, ' he continued.

Former AC Milan great Costacurta was named as one of two deputy commissioners to work alongside Fabbricini. The only other World Cup Italy have missed was 60 years ago.

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"I don't know why [I have been linked]".

"People have contracts with clubs all over the world, or personal engagements with clubs or national teams which we are not necessarily aware of".

Italy's under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been asked to take temporary charge of the senior team until a full-time replacement is found, the Italian federation said on Friday.

"Conte only increased my dilemma at the last Europeans [Championship]".

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