Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been strongly linked with becoming the coach of the Italian national team, but he has now been ruled out of the running for the Italy job.

Conte, who was in charge of the Azzurri at Euro 2016, had been linked with a return to the role amid speculation over his Stamford Bridge future. Roberto Fabbricini, the new head of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), said just last week that Conte was on the shortlist to take charge of Italy after the World Cup.

However, Conte has now been ruled out, with the FIGC vice commissioner Alessandro Costacurta saying Conte is no longer being considered as the Italy boss as he has insisted that he loves club management and wants to continue with Chelsea.

“Antonio Conte has pulled out,” he said. “As Conte reiterated the other day, he wants to continue working as a coach on a day-by-day basis at club level for at least the next 18 months, the length of his Chelsea contract, so he has pulled out of the running.”

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