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Difficult to return to Italy - Conte

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Chelsea's Italian coach Antonio Conte has dismissed any possibility that he could take up the vacant Italy job after Gian Pero Ventura was fired following the country's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Conte - who guided Italy to the 2016 European Championships, where they advanced to the quarter-finals and were eliminated via penalty shootout - admitted that a return to the post would be difficult for him. The former Juventus boss described the qualification failure as a disaster, but underlined that he is now only focused on his duties at Chelsea.

"This is not a great moment for my country to miss the World Cup; it means it is a disaster for us," Conte said yesterday.

"You know very well how important football is in Italy. It happened. For sure, they have to find the right solution and improve the solution.

"I think that now it is very difficult [for me to return] because in this moment, it is not simple. There are a lot of rumours and news.

"They need to take the best option for Italy."