Carlo Ancelotti says he turned down the opportunity to take over the Italian national team in favour of remaining in club management.
The 58-year-old Reggiolo-born Ancelotti has previously coached Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and most recently FC Bayern München.
After being sacked by the German giants, and following Itay’s failure to reach the World Cup in Russia next year, the experienced boss was touted to o be the next Azzurri head coach.
But Ancelotti says he declined the Italian Football Federation’s offer to replace Giampiero Ventura.
The six-time league winning manager said: “Yes the federation contacted me, I spoke to them. I told them what I am telling you now, that I am honoured by so many people wanting me to be the coach of the national side.
“However, that would be like a whole other job. Being a national coach is different to being a club coach, as I still enjoy training and working every day.”
Ancelotti also revealed his concerns about the current state of football in Italy.
He added: “Italian football also has some problems that need to be resolved, serious problems and I don’t think I’m capable of resolving them all alone.
“As usual, the coach is blamed but that’s not how it works. There is a structural problem. For example, why are we the only country in Europe where the stadiums aren’t up to scratch and half empty? That isn’t the fault of Ventura.”
Ancelotti has recently been linked with a number of clubs and countries, including Croatia, Saudi Arabia, China and Milan. He concluded: “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.”