Italy coach Marcello Lippi has distanced himself from all the reports linking him with a role at Juventus after World Cup 2010, insisting he wants to remain with La Nazionale.
The coach has been constantly linked with a third return to his former hunting ground, but that possibility seems less than likely as he has stated that his focus is on the Azzurri.
"Juventus? No, surely no. I am only thinking about the World Cup," Lippi told La Gazzetta Dello Sport. “My dream is to remain with Italy even after 2010 unless [Giancarlo] Abete gets rid of me before then.”
Reports of a return to Turin gathered pace when Lippi was seen dinning with Juventus chief executive Jean-Claude Blanc. However, the coach has explained their meeting, insisting it was not to talk about a return.
"The dinner with Blanc did happen, but we only spoke about Amauri," added the Italian. “I have also been to dinner with [Adriano] Galliani and [Claudio] Lotito to speak about my players.
"[Fabio] Cannavaro? He phoned me to tell me that he would be going back to Turin, and I told him it would be good so that I can follow him closer."
Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com