Antonio Conte focused on Euro 2016

Italy head coach Antonio Conte Euro 2016

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Italian FA chief Carlo Tavecchio insists national team boss Antonio Conte remains fully focused on helping the team achieve their objectives at Euro 2016.

Conte has been consistently linked with becoming Premier League side Chelsea’s new boss for next season, with the Blues’ interim manager Guus Hiddink set to step aside at the end of the campaign.

The 46-year-old’s contract with the Azzurri is due to expire following the conclusion of Euro 2016 but Tavecchio insists he is fully focused on the European Championship despite speculation surrounding his future.

Tavecchio said: “As far as I am concerned for the moment Conte will remain with the Nazionale and work with great desire, showing his competence and effort.”

The Italian federation chief wants to put all talk of Conte’s future on hold until after the finals, as he wants to give Italy the best chance of claiming European glory for the first time since 1968.

He added: “Let’s start thinking about doing well at Euro 2016, then we’ll see.”

The Azzurri will face Belgium, Republic of Ireland and Sweden in Group E of this year’s competition, with their first match against the Belgians taking place at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on June 13.

Italy are 2.75 to finish top of the group and are 1.20 to qualify for the knockout stage.

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