As speculation regarding Italy coach Antonio Conte’s future mounts, Italian Football Federation President Carlo Tavecchio insists that the tactician is only focusing on the upcoming European Championships.
Conte has been linked with the vacant Chelsea job, as the Premier League club are yet to find a permanent replacement for the dismissed Jose Mourinho, with Guus Hiddink in temporary in charge until the end of the season.
However, Tavecchio is adamant that for the time being, the Azzurri tactician is solely focused on the summer’s tournament in France, but has remained coy over Conte’s departure after Euro 2016.
“For me, at the moment, Conte is with the national team and is working with desire, skill and sacrifice,” Tavecchio claimed. “We are taking the first steps to do well in the European Championship, but beyond that, only time will tell.”
The FIGC president has also come out against the number of foreign players in Serie A, with Conte’s reign in charge of the Azzurri also seeing naturalised players born outside of Italy receive call-ups, such as Franco Vazquez and Eder.
“This country can no longer think of having teams with 11 foreigners on the field,” Tavecchio continued. “Something must be done.
“Not only for sporting reasons but economically too. I do not think that the footballing system can hold up much longer.”
Italy will take on Belgium, Sweden and Republic of Ireland in Group E of the tournament, to be held in France.