Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he was approached by the Italian Football Federation over replacing Gian Piero Ventura as national team coach but he would prefer to continue working at the club level.
“Yes, the Federation contacted me, I spoke to them. I am honored by so many people wanting me to be the Coach of the National Team,” Ancelotti told La Domenica Sportiva.
“However, that would be like a whole other job. Working for a national team is different to being a club Coach, as I still enjoy training and working every day. Italian football also has some problems that need to be resolved.”
The 58-year-old coach then went on to discuss the current state of Italian football and the role of the Federation.
“Right now Italian football needs the Federation to impose its power over the clubs and impose new rules to improve the situation. For example, I think Serie A would benefit greatly by being reduced from 20 teams to 18 and I know there are clubs who are ready to vote for that.”
“I will say that Serie A is curiously the most interesting in Europe right now, as there is a lot of competition, unlike in France.”
“I simply believe that the FIGC needs to sort other issues out before it can even think about hiring a new Coach. I don’t have a problem with Tavecchio, I’ve not spoken to him directly, though I was contacted by the Federation through other figures.”