Conte comments on Chelsea exit rumours, Italy return

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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.

"As you know very well, I trust my work and this is the only thing that I trust, my work".

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.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte is "eager" to leave the club for a second stint as coach of the Italian national side.

Former AC Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Costacurta, who is part of the team overseeing the FIGC, said "Conte performed a sporting miracle" during his time in charge of Italy.

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. My intention, my will, my desire is to respect this contract.

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'We have to start talks soon, ' said Costacurta of their search for an Italy boss.

"Maybe he forgot that I have 18 months with contract at Chelsea and my will and desire is to fulfill this contract. I must be honest. No".

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

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

"I think we have to try to make the best decision to bring these two players in the best physical condition and then to work with them because it's important to have themselves with our idea of football".