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Tavecchio: Conte would be a nice gift for Italy

The new FIGC president says he has spoken to the former Juventus boss about the vacant national team position and thinks the coach would be a good fit for the Azzurri.

Antonio Conte would be a "nice gift" for fans of the Italian national team, according to Carlo Tavecchio.

The new FIGC president has admitted that Conte is one of a number of potential coaches he has spoken to regarding the position vacated in June by Cesare Prandelli.

And while there has been no decision yet, Tavecchio – who started his first day on the job on Tuesday – insists Conte would be a good fit for the role.

"I got up at 7 a.m. and immediately set to work," Tavecchio told La Repubblica. "I spoke to Conte and three or four more. I have no answers just yet, otherwise I would say so. But Conte seemed a decent person.

"I am optimistic for the federation and for Italy, so we’ll see. Would Conte be a nice gift for Italians? I have to say yes."

Tavecchio's words come amidst reports in Italy that a deal is almost done for Conte to become the new Italy coach on a deal worth 2.6 million euro net over two years, running until the end of the European Championship in France in 2016.

One man who has ruled himself out of the running for the job is Carlo Ancelotti.

"I don’t have anything to say, other than I cannot be the national coach because I’m already working," the current Real Madrid boss said. "There will be time for me to be the national coach."