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Football Federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta has
revealed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is his first choice for
Conte coached the Azzurri prior to taking over at Stamford Bridge,
replacing Cesare Prandelli in August 2014 and departing after their run
to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Italy have not fared well since Conte's departure, failing to qualify
for the 2018 World Cup. As a result, Gian Piero Ventura was sacked and
replaced on an interim basis by Luigi Di Biagio.
Former Milan defender Costacurta is in charge of the search for the
country's next coach and left nobody in doubt regarding his preferred
"I haven't chosen yet, but I think Conte is the one who could do the
best. I'll definitely talk with him in a couple of months," he said.
"He's already shown he knows how to be national team coach while the
others haven't yet. That doesn't mean I wouldn't be happy with Mancini
or with Ancelotti, although (Ancelotti) seems to have removed himself
Costacurta's revelation added fuel to the fire as speculation whirls
regarding Conte's future at Chelsea. Despite winning the Premier League
last season, the Blues have endured a dismal title defence and have
slipped out of the top four due to a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on