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Antonio Conte's mood might have been brightened by the arrival of Olivier Giroud this week but it would have been instantly darkened again. However the Chelsea boss has denied that he wants to leave the club.
Antonio Conte won the league in his first year as Chelsea manager when everyone expected it to be the Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho show but he's always been at war with the club over transfers.
Rumours are the former Juventus boss could leave in the summer and according to the new president of the Italian Football Federation, Roberto Fabbricini, Conte is 'eager' to take the vacant Italy managers post with Fabbricini saying:
"(Roberto) Mancini was in Rome but we didn't contact him, Conte seems eager to wear the national shirt again, (Carlo) Ancelotti opens and closes the door and (Claudio) Ranieri isn't out either. No one is in pole position."
Things between the manager and the club have often been uncomfortable with Conte criticising the club for their transfer policy but he was able to sign Olivier Giroud on deadline day and now he's ruled out a move away from Stamford Bridge:
"I can tell that (FIGC vice chairman Alessandro) Costacurta is a friend and we played together in the national team in 1994.
"Maybe he forgot that have 18 months with contract at Chelsea and my will and desire is to fulfill this contract."
Conte was Italy manager at the Euros in France two years ago and despite being in charge of what looked like a very average Italy side they made it to the quarter finals after beating Belgium and Spain on the way to a loss against Germany, a game they should have won.
He then moved to Stamford Bridge and things went badly wrong for the Italian national side. Gian Piero Ventura failed to get the side qualified for the World Cup in Russia this summer and subsequently lost his job.
Football was much better as a kid:
Luigi Di Biagio, the current Italy under 21 boss, will take the reigns until the new board appoint a successor to Ventura with the Azzurri set to face Argentina and England in friendlies next month.
It would still come as a surprise to few if Conte does leave at the end of the season and he won't be short of offers.
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