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.More news: Latest Galaxy S9 Leak Highlights Battery, Rear Camera And Fingerprint Sensor
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".More news: Budget 2018: Petrol price hiked; Diesel price unchanged in metropolitan cities
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".More news: Launch delayed to 2019
"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".