Conte Is "Eager To Return" As Italy Manager

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Newly appointed Italian FA vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta has revealed that he will be speaking to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte about becoming the next coach of the national team.

The Italian has not been happy with the support he has received in the transfer market and there are also suggestions that the Chelsea board are growing exhausted of Conte complaining about transfers.

The 48-year-old stepped up his war of words with the club board this week, when he criticised their flawed transfer policy that has seen the Premier League champions fall way behind Manchester City in the table.

"In the past this never happened, so it's a big challenge to change the approach now".

Chelsea travel to Watford on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, and Everton star Wayne Rooney will be casting his eyes over proceedings in the studio alongside Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football. "But, for sure, I'd be glad".

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As we reported earlier this week, Conte has publicly stated that he intends to stay at Chelsea for the remainder of his deal, which runs for another 18 months, as opposed to walk away and take another job.

British media reports have said Conte's relationship with team owner Roman Abramovich has become strained, particularly over reinforcements to the squad but the manager said he was not interested in talk of him being sacked. "I know that Mancini is in Rome but hasn't been contacted, Conte seems eager to return to the blue shirt, Ancelotti opens and closes the door, Ranieri isn't out either", he said (via Calcio Mercato). When you play every three days, it's impossible to give intensity in these two days between one game and another.

Chelsea brought in Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri during the winter transfer window, and will be desperate for them to settle in quickly as the club fight for a Champions League place.

"I don't trust in anything else, only in my work and my job".

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