Conte eager for return to Italy job - FIGC commissioner

The Italian FA has now fuelled those rumours with the head of the organisation, Roberto Fabbricini saying Conte was "eager" to return as Italy coach. Then I saw Conte at work in France and realised you could also choose someone opposite to that description.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted that he will see out his contract at Chelsea amid claims he is set to return to take the Italy manager's job.

Wednesday's shock 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth prompted fresh speculation about Conte's future at Stamford Bridge, after months of mounting tensions between him and the Chelsea board over transfer policy.

The FIGC's new commissioner has confirmed that ex-Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta is already working on appointing Italy's next CT.

"We signed a three-year contract and the desire is to continue and to respect this contract".

Conte, during his briefing ahead of Chelsea's Premier League encounter against Watford on Monday, knew the subject would be raised and chose his words carefully, stating he will not be speaking to Costacurta.

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

"Maybe he forgot that I have 18 months with contract at Chelsea and my will and desire is to fulfill this contract".

Conte said: "There has been a lot of speculation about me".

"Until a few years ago, I thought the [national team coach] was only a selector".

"I trust in my work and this is the only thing I trust".

He played 59 times for Italy and finished runner-up at the 1994 World Cup.

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

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