Italy Coach Marcello Lippi Distances Himself From Juventus Talk

The former Juve man insists he will not be heading back to Turin any time soon...
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,