“Conte said he had 18 months left on his Chelsea contract and would respect it? We’ll see, he’s still a candidate”, the former AC Milan defender said, as quoted by ?football.london.
“We heard from (Roberto) Mancini last night, but it was by chance. Now we have some time to think things through.”
However, after seemingly receiving mixed messages from Conte’s assurances to Chelsea that he has no eyes to leave Stamford Bridge before the end of next season, the 51-year-old has since revealed his resignation to the fact that the former national coach is off limits.
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Salah – 21 goals, 6 assists
Lukaku – 12 goals, 5 assists
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“The availability on the market is going to be a fundamental aspect in the choice of the future Italy coach”, the Italian told ?Sky Sport Italia.
“Conte, for example, has ruled himself out of the running for the national team job because he has said he wants to be a club coach for the next 18 months.
“Even [Roberto] Mancini is contracted to a club, so it’s not as easy as it might seem to get them. While it’s true we’ve got hugely talented coaches, we still need to see who is available.”