Previous
Crystal Palace
Liverpool
7:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Next

Chiellini 'undecided' about Italy future

Italy
Read

Mancini would welcome Pirlo as Italy No. 2

Italy
Read
ItalyItaly
NetherlandsNetherlands
1
1
FT
Game Details
FranceFrance
ItalyItaly
3
1
FT
Game Details
ItalyItaly
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
2
1
FT
Game Details
 By Ben Gladwell

Carlo Ancelotti didn't discuss Italy job - Alessandro Costacurta

Italian Olympic Committee sub-comissioner Alessandro Costacurta told Sky Sport Italia he met with Carlo Ancelotti on Monday, although he said the two were not permitted to talk officially about the Italy national team opening.

Costacurta met with Ancelotti in a hotel in Rome, but he said there were no negotiations since the former Bayern Munich coach is not contractually able to enter into talks.

"Carlo was in Rome for a private matter and he was staying in a hotel which I always stay in," Costacurta said. "We didn't talk about the Italy job. We just had a bit of banter about the opportunity but we didn't talk about plans or the economic aspects.

"Since we are obliged to respect the rules, we spoke about other things. It's true -- we do have a vision that could see Carlo, like others, on the national team bench, but rules are important and we've got to adhere to them."

Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern in September but remains under contract. As such, he is not free to take a job without first severing his ties with the club -- but he has a lucrative deal that would probably be beyond the means of the Italian FA.

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti has been out of management since being sacked by Bayern Munich in September.

Costacurta has been charged with finding a successor to Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked in November after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

He has set a May 20 deadline to hire a coach in order to prepare for Italy's friendlies with Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands at the end of May and start of June, followed by this autumn's Nations League and qualifiers for Euro 2020.

Costacurta nevertheless said he intends to meet with Ancelotti again in future, although he could not say when or if those talks could take place.

Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Zenit St Petersburg's Roberto Mancini have also been linked with the job.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.