Antonio Conte says he has not accepted any offers from England despite strong claims he will be the next Chelsea manager.
It was announced last week that Conte will step down from coaching the Italian national side after Euro 2016 and return to club football, with Chelsea the most likely destination.
A number of high-profile figures from within the game have spilled the beans and revealed Conte will head to Stamford Bridge, making it the worst kept secret in football right now.
However as Italy continue to prepare for Euro 2016, Conte has not surprisingly played down all the talk and is keen to stay focused on the job in hand.
“There arenÂ’t any offers in England tempting me because right now IÂ’m still the coach of the national team and for me this is a fantastic experience,” he said.
“I will always remain proud of this for the rest of my life. It helped me grow and taught me to work and forge relationships with players, despite only seeing them for short amounts of time.
“In the future, I will consider what is going to happen but my focus right now is completely on Italy. However, I do believe it was right to show transparency by announcing that I will not be here next season.
“All I know is that I wonÂ’t be here and I will return to club coaching and it is a decision not to be taken lightly. LetÂ’s see what the future holds for me, whether it is in Italy or abroad.”