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Carlo Ancelotti turns down Italy job


Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has rejected the chance to manage Italy.

Ancelotti, 58, is an obvious and top candidate for the role left vacant after the sacking of Gian Piero Ventura but reports claim he has turned down the chance.

The former Real Madrid boss reportedly had negotiations with Italy chiefs over the last couple of days.

But Ancelotti was said to be unwilling to commit unless there were reforms made to the Italian football system, according to website Football Italia.

Branchini told a radio station that Ancelotti, who has been out of work since being axed by the Bundesliga side in September, said no to the country.

Speaking of Ancelotti, Branchini said: “I feel that I can exclude the possibility. Carlo respects everyone, but he doesn’t feel it is the right time to take the Italy bench.”

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