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Conte to step down as Italy coach after Euro 2016

British media have heavily linked Antonio Conte with a move to Chelsea

Antonio Conte will step down as Italy head coach after Euro 2016, Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio was quoted as saying by Italian Press Agency ANSA on Tuesday.

“Antonio Conte told me that at the end of Euro 2016 his experience will be over,” Tavecchio said.

British media have heavily linked Conte with a move to English Premier League club Chelsea after the June 10-July 10 European championships in France.

Conte won three successive Serie A titles with Juventus before leaving to take charge of Italy in 2014 following a disappointing group stage exit at the World Cup under Cesare Prandelli.

Tavecchio said the 46-year-old former Italian midfielder had expressed a wish to return to club coaching.

“He feels the need to get back to the field, to train everyday, and this is understandable,” Tavecchio added.

“We will make evaluations with serenity, for now it’s time to acknowledge this and have to deal with a person who has recovered the image of the Italian national team, his commitment and sacrifice.”

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, who took over after Jose Mourinho was fired in December, will step down at the end of the season.

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