Ancelotti offered job of Italian team coach

Ancelotti will have to lift a nation who failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russia

Ancelotti will have to lift a nation who failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russia

The 58-year-old is a little hesitant, however, and is not convinced with the offer.

However, Ancelotti is now pondering over a reported two-year offer from Azzurri chiefs, and if he accepts the terms, he'll venture into the global arena for the first time in his managerial career.

Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years following defeat by Sweden in a two-legged playoff in November.

Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has been heavily linked as Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal, is reportedly on the verge of returning to management.

But it now appears that the FIGC's commissioner, Fabbricini, met with Carlo Ancelotti and deputy commissioner Alessandro Costacurta at the Principe di Savoia Hotel.

Roberto Fabbricini confirmed the meeting but said, "it was just time for a coffee and we didn't speak about numbers". We haven't talked about the Azzurri bench, we only joked about the opportunity.

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"You have to talk about many things, the program and finances, but we could not talk about them".

Asked if there would be an official meeting with Ancelotti, he added: "Yes, but I still do not know when".

"Since we're loyal to the rules, we talked about something else".

"I don't think a coach can rule out a prestigious job like leading Italy".

Among the other names touted were Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of French club Nantes.

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