Italian is wanted by his national team after Bayern Munich axe last month but has been strongly linked with Arsenal
CARLO Ancelotti will turn down the chance to take over as Italy boss – because he wants to come back to the Premier League.
Former Chelsea chief Ancelotti is out of work after his shock sacking by Bayern Munich.
The veteran former Juventus, Milan, PSG and Real Madrid manager has been targeted by his nation’s bosses after the Azzurri were consigned to a 2018 World Cup play-off.
Senior figures at the Italian FA have already drawn up plans to replace current coach Gian Piero Ventura either after next summer’s tournament or sooner if the side lose next month’s play-off for a place in Russia.
Ancelotti was sounded out by the federation over succeeding Ventura.
But while the 58-year-old would like to lead his country at some point in the future he informed the Italian FA he intends to take the rest of the season as a sabbatical before returning to club management.