Italy to hold talks with Chelsea boss Conte

Posted February 02, 2018

Adding more fuel to the fire is new Italian Football Federation President Roberto Fabbricini, who has claimed that Conte is "eager" to become the Italy manager again and is one of the prime candidates to replace Gianpiero Ventura as the next Italy manager.

Chelsea's title defence is nearly over after Wednesday's surprise 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth left the Londoners 18 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

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Despite talks of a potential return to his native Italy, Antonio Conte will persist on staying as Chelsea's head coach for the rest of his contract, The Standard reports.

Reacting to the Italy rumours, Conte said in a press conference: "I can tell that Costacurta is a friend and we played together in the national team in 1994".

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But Blues boss Conte, who managed the Azzurri immediately before arriving at Stamford Bridge, said he has no intention of leaving west London because he has 18 months remaining on the three-year deal he signed ahead of last season's Premier League title-winning campaign. My desire is to respect this contract. "I must be honest. No".

However, when speaking in a press conference on Friday, Conte won't be drawn on speculation surrounding himself with the Italian National Team, as he is quoted by The Standard. The arrivals of Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri in the final days of the January transfer window have bolstered Conte's squad, but he indicated that both will need time to regain full fitness. "This is the only way that brought me to be one of the best coaches and managers".

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"There has been speculation that I will be sacked, but my focus is on continuing with my team". "Don't forget especially for Emerson we are talking about a player coming from a bad injury".