Italy coach Marcello Lippi has confirmed that he does not want to return to manage Juventus.
Lippi, who led Italy to World Cup success in Germany three years ago, is under contract with the Italian Football Federation until the end of South Africa 2010 and the 61-year-old has been linked with taking the Turin job for a third time.
Lippi guided Juve to five Scudettos and a Champions League title during two previous spells at the club,but he has no intention of returning to the club.
“I’m not going back to Juventus, neither as coach nor as a technical director, have I made myself clear,” Lippi said. “Whatever anyone says, it’s not true, I’m not going back to Juve.
“The reality is this and this alone … the only truth is that I went to lunch with (Juve general manager) Jean-Claude Blanc just as I go to lunch with (Milan vice-president Adriano) Galliani, with the Lazio president (Claudio Lotito) and with (Roma general manager) Bruno Conti.
“I’m the coach of the national team and I’m thinking exclusively about that.”