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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Alessandro Costacurta confirms Carlo Ancelotti talks but 'no-one in pole position' for Italy job

  • Italian, 58, has been out of work since being fired by Bayern Munich in September 2017
  • Ancelotti met with Italian football chiefs in Rome hotel on Monday
  • Italy without a full-time manager since dismissing Gian Piero Ventura in November 2017
<p>Carlo Ancelotti, right, looks on during the Uefa&nbsp;Match for Solidarity at Stade de Geneva on April 21, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Robert Hradil/Getty Images</p>
<p>Carlo Ancelotti, right, looks on during the Uefa&nbsp;Match for Solidarity at Stade de Geneva on April 21, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Robert Hradil/Getty Images</p>

Italian football federation (FIGC) chiefs on Tuesday confirmed talks had taken place with Carlo Ancelotti concerning the vacant Italy manager's job but insisted there was no front-runner yet.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday.

It was reported the 58-year-old Italian has been offered a two-year contract, with the only sticking point financial terms which would be less lucrative than his previous deal with the German champions.

But Fabbricini insisted the meeting was not an official one. "Ancelotti has a fairly serious family problem, and that's why he was in Rome," Fabbricini told Italian radio.

"Costacurta, having a strong friendship with Ancelotti, met him and I also took part in that meeting.

"We talked about a future scenario though, but we still have a coach [Luigi Di Biagio] under contract.

"I don't think a coach can rule out a prestigious job like leading Italy. The Azzurri bench is always an objective for any coach.

"But of course there are other factors which affect the decision - the desire to work every day for example.

"No-one is in pole, we want to respect the date of May 20 because the national team will play on May 28 [friendly against Saudi Arabia]."

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Italy have been without a permanent manager since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in a two-legged play-off in November.

Costacurta, who was coached by Ancelotti at AC Milan in the 1980s and 90s, was appointed to find a successor to Ventura and insisted the deadline remained May 20.

Among the other names being touted are Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of French club Nantes.

"Carlo was in Rome for personal reasons, the chosen hotel was the one where I always stay myself and we found ourselves there at the same time," Costacurta told Sky Sport Italia.

"We didn't talk about the Italy bench, we only joked about the opportunity, we could not talk about the programme and the financial part. We are loyal to the rules.

"If there will be an official meeting? Yes, but I still do not know when. We need people to make themselves available, we can't get close to contracted coaches."

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The FIGC budget for a new manager and his staff is €5 million (Dh22m) per year, which would be a big drop from the reported €12 million plus bonuses that Ancelotti earned at Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti joined Bayern in 2016 and won the Bundesliga title in his first season but has been out of football since he was sacked following a 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Costacurta is reported to have offered Ancelotti, who has also been linked with former club Chelsea and the soon-to-be-vacant manager's job at Arsenal, a free hand in choosing his staff.

Ancelotti's son Davide, who was his assistant at Bayern, could play a role as well as former stars such as Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Paolo Maldini.

Italy's Under 21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been filling the position with the four-time world champions on an interim basis.