Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on Friday ruled out a return to the helm of the Italian national team, amid reports he has been targeted for the vacant post by new Soccer Federation FIGC deputy commissioner Alessandro Costacurta.
The Italian led Chelsea to the Premier League crown in his first year in charge but has cut an unhappy figure for most of 2017-2018, with suggestions he is not satisfied with the club's transfer policy adding to an underwhelming title defence.
And speculation over 48-year-old Conte's future has grown after Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Diego Simeone has reportedly told Chelsea that he has no intention of becoming their new manager.
However, Conte has shut down the ongoing speculation over his future and insists he plans to stay at the club for at least two more seasons. We signed a three-year contract and I think our desire is to continue and to respect the contract. But, maybe he forgot that I still have 18 months of contract with Chelsea.
Mancini was in Rome but we didn't contact him, Conte seems eager to wear blue again.
The vacuum extends beyond the FIGC as the Italian top division, Serie A, has only had an interim president for nearly a year and the national team has no coach, following Gian Piero Ventura's dismissal. "Now, however, we will evaluate what to do together with Costacurta".
Sarri's spectacular approach has been openly praised by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who called Napoli one of the best teams in Europe. For sure it won't be easy to see him from the start. And I don't understand why always around me. Pressure is life, if I had no pressure I wouldn't like it. I like the pressure. "The situation has been always the same, with a lot of pressure around me".
Spain striker Alvaro Morata will remain unavailable to Conte at Vicarage Road because of his back injury, while centre-back Andreas Christensen will miss out due to the hamstring problem he suffered against Bournemouth.