Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reacts to rumours linking him with Italy job

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Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left Italy out of football's biggest competition for the first time in six decades.

Conte, who took over at Chelsea after leaving the role of Italy boss in the summer of 2016, has been touted as a replacement for the sacked Giampiero Ventura.

A loss to Sweden after two legs saw the Italians miss out on a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Gian Piero Ventura was subsequently sacked by the Italian Football Federation.

"In all national teams, there has to be a generational shift at some point, and Italy are obviously at that moment, but I think they will soon get back to being leaders in the football world because there are a lot of talented youngsters coming through".

However, the Blues manager has ruled out a return to the four-time world champions, insisting that he is "very focused on Chelsea and totally committed to the club".

Antonio Conte who had success with the Italian national team admitted he just wants to focus on training Chelsea for now. I am very sad.

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"It is not the fault of one or two or three people".

"It happened. For sure they have to find the right solution and improve the solution".

Speaking of a possible comeback to the national team, Conte said: "I think it's very hard at this time".

"If you find a manager and you don't put him in the job in the best way to change something, then it is not enough to change only the manager".

Chelsea are back in action on November 18 following the global break when they face West Brom at the Hawthorns, with the Blues having beaten Manchester United last time out in the Premier League.

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