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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Costacurta thinks Chelsea's Conte 'is the one who could do the best' to manage Italy

Conte coached Italy from 2014 and led them to the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championship before joining Chelsea later that year, winning the Premier League title in his debut season

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is the preferred choice of the Italian Football Federation to manage the national team, the governing body's vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta has said. Andrew Yates / Reuters
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is the preferred choice of the Italian Football Federation to manage the national team, the governing body's vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta has said. Andrew Yates / Reuters

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) preferred option to manage the national team, the governing body's vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta has said.

Conte coached Italy from 2014 and led them to the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championship before joining Chelsea later that year, winning the Premier League title in his debut season.

The London outfit have faltered this campaign as they lie fifth in the standings, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, leading to uncertainty over Conte's future.

"I haven't chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best," former AC Milan defender Costacurta told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.

"[Conte] has already shown he knows how to be national team coach while the others haven't yet."

Costacurta added that former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti are also being considered for the national team role.

Italy sacked Gian Piero Ventura in November after the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Under 21 manager Luigi Di Biagio currently in charge as interim manager.

Italy, who will miss the global tournament for the first time since 1958, face Argentina and England in international friendlies next month.

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