Conte's next destination revealed as talks of Chelsea exit intensifies

"[Antonio] Conte seems eager to wear Azzurro again, [Carlo] Ancelotti opens and closes the door and [Claudio] Ranieri isn't out either".

In an interview with Sky Sport, the 72-year-old former general secretary of the Italian Olympic Committee explained: "First of all we need to think about the coach who'll be sitting on the bench for the next two friendlies at the end of March".

Following the Italian's woeful World Cup qualifying campaign, the position has been left vacant by Gian Piero Ventura, with a major overhaul needed.

The Italian led Chelsea to the title last season but they are now 18 points behind leaders Manchester City and suffered a 3-0 home defeat by Bournemouth on Wednesday. We'll be deciding what do next, together with [Alessandro] Costacurta.

"The names are the ones you know".

After weeks of speculation, Chelsea finally brought in a forward but it doesn't seem like the rumours will go away now that the transfer window is shut.

CURRENT Under-21s boss Luigi Di Biagio will be offered the Italy job on a temporary basis, as they continue their search for permanent manager.

"We need to evaluate pros and cons for each of them".

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.

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

'The names are those already heard, like Mancini who shared matches with me on the national team and also military service. We need to start with the interviews, there is no rush but at the same time we do need to make a move.

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