Antonio Conte 'Seems Eager' to Resume Italy Manager Role, Says Federation Chief

'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'.

Fabbricini said former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, now in charge of Zenit St Petersburg, Carlo Ancelotti, who is available after being sacked by Bayern Munich, and Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, were also candidates.

The 46-year-old former Roma and Inter Milan midfielder has coached Italy's Under-21 side since July 2013, leading the Azzurrini to the semi-finals of last year's European Championship in Poland.

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.

The boss failed to qualify the national team for the 2018 World Cup even with a playoff attempt against Sweden, and now the Italian Football Federation look for the best name to rebuild the Azzura.

Antonio Conte insisted that he has no interest in leaving Chelsea before the end of his contract to begin a second spell in charge of the Italy national team.

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Their vice-commissioner, Alessandro Costacurta, has been reported as saying he will travel to London for talks with former team-mate Conte about the job.

But when asked about Costacurta's comments on Friday, Conte said: "I can [say] that Costacurta is a friend".

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

"The names are those that you know". "Don't forget especially for Emerson we are talking about a player coming from a bad injury. Italy has the best researchers, chefs and football coaches in the world: let's make the most of that".

"Mancini? I know him well".

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