Massimiliano Allegri has ruled himself out of the running to take over as Italy's new manager following Gian Piero Ventura's departure, but has admitted that the job is one of his 'ambitions' and he might consider it in a few years.
The national team has been hit by an internal crisis after a failed qualification to the 2018 World Cup, which led to the subsequent departure of Ventura.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is currently on the lookout for a new coach to pick up the pieces of the broken squad but has so far failed to come up with a name.
Allegri was asked if he was interested in the job hours after former AC Milan and Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly refused to accept the role offered by the FIGC.
He told during the press conference ahead of Juventus' away game with Sampdoria (via Repubblica): "Me coaching Italy? Absolutely not. Becoming their manager it is one of my ambitions, but not at the moment, so I'm officially out of the debate.
"I have a contract with Juventus: we still need to know many things together and I'm very happy here so, if there will be the chance, I will reconsider the job in a few years. Otherwise, I will go on holiday to the sea."
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His players return to the Serie A after a two-week break during which Italy missed out their chance to go to Russia next summer. The team's match against Sweden saw the end of Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli's career in the national squad.
The Juventus defensive duo was seen gutted and in tears as the final whistle was blown. Both the players and Allegri himself have been trying, in the past few days to ease the pain for the two Italians, as the manager said: "Tomorrow [Sunday] Buffon and Barzagli won't be playing.
"They're fine but they're still getting over what I imagine to be a profound disappointment, especially for Gigi who would have taken part in his sixth World Cup. He will return for the Champions League game against Barcelona."
His words reflected several teammates' wish to win the Champions League to make a present for their heroic goalkeeper.